Teaching children the importance of looking after their teeth from an early age is the most beneficial thing that you can do for your children’s oral health.
Children usually get their first tooth around 6 months of age, and daily cleaning should begin immediately.
By the age of 6 or 7, most children lose their "baby" teeth, and the second and final set of teeth begin to erupt.
Unfortunately, dental cavities are now much more common among children, due to the low cost and widespread availability of high-sugar food and drink.
Preventative treatments and regular check-ups are a vital part of helping to protect your child from painful and debilitating dental problems. It's easy to let your child's dental health fall by the wayside in their baby teeth years. However, poor oral health during the primary teeth years can affect the health of your child's permanent teeth
We understand that visiting the dentist can be an intimidating experience for a child of any age. To help your children keep their smile healthy, happy and beautiful, Dr. Sood in Leesburg, VA, and the team provide a friendly, reassuring pediatric dentistry service that will make frightening dental check-ups a thing of the past.
Pediatric Dental Services
We offer a comprehensive range of pediatric dentistry services, including:
- Regular check-up appointments (including family block appointments).
- Cavity risk assessments.
- Professional cleaning and fluoride treatments.
- Early assessment and orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth and correcting problems with bite.
- Care and management for gum related problems, including impacted teeth.
- Help with behavior problems such as thumb sucking or prolonged reliance on a pacifier.
- General dental care including diagnosis of oral conditions associated with disease such as asthma, hayfever and diabetes, and dental injuries.
Preparing for Your Child's First Dental Visit
At Vandana Sood, DMD, our entire team understands that going to the dentist for the first time can be an intimidating experience for a child. During your child's dental visits, we go out of our way to make sure your child is comfortable with our dentist and staff - especially during the first visit.
The best way to prepare your child for their first dental visit is by maintaining a positive and up-beat attitude. Next, it's a good idea to prepare your child for their visit by letting them know that Dr. Sood will be looking in their mouth to try and find cavities. Try to use kid friendly terms, like "sugar bugs," so that your child will not feel anxious.
Like a regular dental exam, Dr. Sood will examine your child's entire mouth, including the gums, jaw, and bite. We will also need to take dental X-rays to look for areas of decay. If we find that your child has decay, we will formulate a treatment plan and enact a prevention plan for your child.
Our prevention plan will include everything from teaching your child proper flossing and brushing techniques to counseling them on the importance of a healthy diet. We also might recommend dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic material that are place over the groove of molars to prevent cavities.
Dr. Sood and her team understand the unique needs of children and provide a friendly, encouraging and relaxing environment to meet all the dental needs of your family. We have extensive experience working closely with families in the Leesberg, Ashburn, Lansdowne, VA, areas. To find out more about the pediatric dental services that we offer, or to arrange a consultation, please make contact with our general and cosmetic dentistry practice today. Call us at (703) 940-9900.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Pediatric dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education – Pediatric dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, pediatric dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, pediatric dentists are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
Intervention – In some cases, pediatric dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office.