Baby teeth must be examined differently from permanent teeth, as the two types are very different in their make-up. One of the most important elements of pediatric dentistry is the special attention a dentist pays to the development of each individual's unique bite, including necessary adjustments to poorly aligned teeth or to the jaw itself. 

Abnormalities or symptomatic issues in pediatric dentistry are always taken in the context of the age and development of each child individually. This means that a child's disposition toward mouth and dental hygiene are an essential element of both the diagnosis and the treatment, as one's attitude toward dental self-care is integral to maintaining oral health.