|Overview:||Pediatric dentistry is the practice and teaching of comprehensive, and preventive oral health care for children from birth through adolescence. Pediatric dentistry also includes the care for special needs patients past the age of adolescence. This includes patients who are medically compromised or have developmental disorders, and those who show mental, physical, and/or emotional problems.|
They diagnose patient's problems with teeth and gums for purposes of prevention and correction of diseases, decay, malformations and injuries.
The interpret patient X-rays to diagnose tooth and gum condition and problems. Refer patients for further care to specialists such as oral surgeons and orthodontists as needed.
Aside from the routine preventitive care associated with dentistry, Pediatric Dentists spend a considerable amount of their time educating both the parents and children on oral health care needs, and helping children overcome their fears and accepting health service as a rewarding experience.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of pediatric dentists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to the continued need for services for this population and the increase in dental health insurance which may allow more people to seek services.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$75,000 to $81,000|
|Education Level:||Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.|
|Additional Training/Education:||All training programs require successful completion of the Dental Admission Test. All states require dentists to be licensed. Licensing requires graduation from an accredited dental school and passing written and practical exams. In addition to completing four years of dental school, most dentists have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.