Pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat children and adolescents. Ammar Idlibi is an experienced pediatric dentist. After earning a Doctor of Dental Science from the Al-Ba’ath University Faculty of Dentistry in 1989, he moved in the United States to continue his education in pediatric dentistry. If you want to become a pediatric dentist as well, you will need to develop a specific set of skills.
The first step to becoming a pediatric dentist is to earn an undergraduate education. You should earn a bachelor’s degree in a field that is related to dentistry such as biology or you can enroll in a pre-dental study program. After you complete your undergraduate education, you will need to apply to a dental school to earn either a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) or a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD). These are four-year degree programs.
The next step is to earn a specialized education. After you earn your DDS or DMD, you will need to complete an additional two to three years of education in pediatric dentistry. There are many dental schools that offer a pediatric dentistry program. You can also apply for fellowship programs in pediatric dentistry. You will need this additional education in order to earn a certification in pediatric dentistry from the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
It takes several years of study to become a pediatric dentist because these dentists need to know the specific dental needs of children and how to interact with them. Ammar Idlibi worked hard to become a pediatric dentist.