Oral hygiene is an important part of your child’s overall health, but many parents believe that if their children brush twice per day, they do not need to go to the dentist. This is simply not true, and could be a harmful practice if your child needs preventative care that they would get from a trained pediatric dentist. There are many benefits to trusting your children’s dentistry to a pediatric dentist. They have extra years of training to learn how to deal with children and about the growth of permanent teeth.
One of the main benefits is the oral hygiene habit that may develop when a child regularly visits our office starting from the age of one year. This can be a huge boost for their oral health, and help them avoid many problems later in life. Our pediatric dentists are trained to make children feel comfortable visiting the office and not grow up dreading dentist appointments. Many children don’t realize the importance of regular dental care because they avoid visiting the dentist in the first place.
Another benefit our pediatric dentists can give is detecting oral and dental problems before they become serious issues. They can recognize the early warning signs of tooth decay, problems with thumb sucking and problems with the position of the permanent teeth.
In the course of making visiting the dentist more fun, we have a colorful office with fun games and other things to do in the waiting room. The aim is to attract children so that they actually look forward to visiting our office for their children’s dentistry services.
Our pediatric dentists treat patients from the time the first teeth erupt to adulthood. They may develop a long-term relationship and be able to care for teeth and gums during the adolescence years. If braces or other orthodontic treatment is needed, we may see the problem in advance, so the problem will be easier to treat.
Young parents may appreciate the tips our pediatric dentists give for cleaning their baby’s teeth even before the first tooth appears. Parents may think that baby teeth are not important because they will fall out anyway. However, baby teeth help hold spaces in the mouth and allow children to chew their food properly and to speak correctly. If they are not cared for, decay can develop as well as gum infection, both of which can affect the spacing of the permanent teeth.
Cavities are just as serious in baby teeth as adult teeth, and one of the most common causes for cavities happens when the child goes to sleep while drinking milk or juice from a bottle. In some cases, simply giving the baby water after food is enough to clean the mouth. Our pediatric dentists can also give you tips on how to deal with teething and thumb or finger sucking.
Your child’s baby teeth are just as important as the permanent teeth, and our pediatric dentists at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry are specially trained to treat teeth from infancy to adulthood. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Ashburn.