At Dental One Associates of Virginia, we feel like we’re on the same team of good dental health as the tooth fairy. Our family dentists understand that youngsters in particular might be nervous about visiting the dentist and aim to make your child feel as comfortable in our care. Whether your child has just one baby tooth or a mouth full of permanent teeth, we’re here to help.
Many parents don’t realize that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry actually recommends bringing your child for a first dental visit no later than your child’s first birthday. Unfortunately, having just a few baby teeth doesn’t make them immune to cavity-causing bacteria. Children need their teeth cleaned regularly to prevent cavities and other painful dental issues—and to get used to a lifetime of good dental hygiene.
Tooth decay ranks above diabetes, asthma, and early-childhood obesity as the most common chronic childhood disease—and it’s easily preventable. Statistics show about one in five children between ages 5 and 11 have at least one untreated cavity, and 13% of teenagers between ages 12 and 19 have at least one tooth with dental decay. Severe tooth decay puts your child at risk for infection and causes pain that affects sleep habits, eating, speech, learning, and overall physical development.
Our offices have dentists and hygienists who are experienced in working with children. We’re glad to work with you to help meet your family’s needs.
Here are some of the dental services for children that we provide:
Teeth Cleanings for Children:
Our dentists and hygienists understand how the overhead lights, exam chairs, and other equipment in the dentist’s office can look scary. Our kind and friendly staff know how to put your youngster at ease as we gently clean the tiniest teeth.
To us, fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter because it strengthens the surface of teeth, making them more resistant to decay. Our offices use topical fluoride that is pleasant-tasting, too.
Brushing teeth in the back of the mouth can be tough for a grownup, let alone a child. Because permanent molars don’t come in until about ages 9 to 12, our children’s dentists can apply a thin, safe plastic coating to those rear teeth, sealing the grooves on the chewing surfaces from food particles and bacteria. These sealants are painless to apply and can last for years.
Should your child develop a cavity, our caring staff will help him or her stay calm and comfortable throughout the process of getting a filling. Our offices also offer tooth-colored fillings that blend in seamlessly.
A chip or small fracture in your child’s front tooth can make any youngster feel self-conscious. Our offices carry tooth-colored bonding materials that can smooth out those problems and restore your child’s smile.
Our dentists typically don’t like to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out naturally. So if your child’s tooth breaks or cracks, or develops a cavity too large for a filling, our family dentists can install a tooth-colored crown to protect the tooth. Our dentists also can place a crown on a tooth saved through root canal treatment.
Losing a baby tooth too early because of decay, an accident, or other circumstance can lead to future dental problems as the surrounding teeth shift into the empty space. A space maintainer holds this space open until the permanent tooth grows in naturally. This device also helps with pre-orthodontic treatment.
If your child plays sports, a mouthguard is an excellent investment. The American Dental Association recommends that both children and adults who are involved in athletics protect their teeth with mouthguards. This particularly holds true for activities such as football, martial arts, boxing, basketball, skateboarding, field hockey, wrestling, or gymnastics. Our offices make custom mouthguards that work better and feel more comfortable than the boil-and-bite kind available at sporting-goods stores and drugstores.
Emergency Dental Services for Children:
We’re also here to help if your child chips a tooth, knocks a tooth loose, or knocks out a tooth completely. Call one of our Dental One Associates offices near you in for emergency dental care.