Pediatric dentistry is one of the nine specialties within dentistry. A pediatric dentist works with children ranging in age from infancy to adolescence. In addition to cleaning a child’s teeth and filling cavities, our children’s dentist will teach a child and their parents good oral health habits.
Like all dentists, pediatric dentists go to a four-year dental school and earn a doctoral degree in dentistry. They then undertake a two-year program that follows guidelines set by the American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists need to have a license in order to practice. Pediatric dentists also need to be able to communicate well with children and their parents.
Going to the dentist can be scary for a child, so a large part of our pediatric dentist’s job is putting the patients at ease. Our office and waiting room were specially designed to appeal to a child. Our office has bright colors and whimsical decorations. The waiting room comfortably accommodates small patients. There are books, toys and games to entertain children while they wait for their appointment. Keeping the children entertained will help to keep them from getting anxious and impatient.
When treating children, our pediatric dentists will talk to them in a way they understand. They know that medical terminology with its long words can confuse and frighten children. They will use short words and terms to make something sound less scary. For example, they might call a nitrous oxide mask a “happy nose.”
Our pediatric dentists often emphasize prevention. Cavities and tooth extractions are not a child’s idea of a good time, and many dental problems can be prevented by developing good habits. Our pediatric dentists find fun ways to teach a child about the proper way to brush or floss their teeth.
During your kid’s consultation with our children’s dentist at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry, she will do everything she can to make the appointment not only tolerable, but also fun. We pride ourselves in the ability to work with kids of all ages and anxiety levels. Our office is conveniently located in Ashburn, VA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your little one and get started.