Along with diet, exercise and regular checkups, proper dental care is a key component of a child’s overall health. As such, your child should see a children’s dentist no later than their first birthday. Contrary to a general dentist, our children’s dentists can address the unique dental and oral health needs of younger patients.
Although there is nothing wrong with consulting a general dentist, a children’s dentist is better equipped to care for children due to specialized training in this area. The additional instruction can last up to three years beyond the normal requirements to become a dentist. The curriculum includes areas like the treatment of over-retained baby teeth as well as child psychology, growth and development. A children’s dentist is qualified to identify and treat dental issues that typically affect infants, toddlers and adolescents as well as patients with special needs. The training enables the health care professional to administer sedation to younger patients.
Since our children’s dentists specialize in the treatment of children, they are familiar with the apprehension that the patient may have when being treated. As a result, they can tailor the treatment methods to alleviate those concerns and make younger patients feel more comfortable. Our office in Ashburn is staffed with kid-friendly dental hygienists who also understand how to interact with children. In addition to child-friendly décor, our office has toys, games and other activities in the waiting room, which can alleviate anxiety and discomfort of routine dental procedures. The goal is to make the dental visit more fun so that the child will look forward to future appointments at our office. This will help ensure that the child continues to see our children’s dentist regularly.
Our children’s dentists emphasize preventive care that can help the patient avoid dental issues. Our doctors have received additional instruction on the best ways to teach young patients good brushing and flossing techniques along with other measures to help prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. Their experience working with children helps to establish a long-lasting relationship with younger patients that can instill a strong habit of good oral hygiene. Our experienced dentists are also a great resource for parents who need information on the best ways to help care for children’s teeth at home.
If it is time for your little one to see a children’s dentist, make an appointment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry in Ashburn. We understand the concerns of parents and the distinct needs of children. Our friendly staff is committed to helping your child maintain a healthy smile. Contact our Ashburn office today to schedule a consultation for your child!