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Tysons Pediatric Dentistry for Little Smiles
At Avanti Dentistry, we love seeing our youngest patients smile. Children have special needs when it comes to dental care, and our team is happy to provide caring, compassionate dentistry for your little one. From their first trip to the dentist to orthodontic evaluations and everything in between, your dentist in Tyson’s Corner is happy to provide pediatric dentistry for those you love most.
Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist
We recommend children visit the dentist around the time their first tooth erupts. During this initial appointment, we can discuss good dental hygiene habits for little ones. That includes how often to clean their teeth and gums, how to avoid baby bottle tooth decay, and other special considerations for your baby’s smile.
The first dental visit is also important for introducing your child to the dentist’s office. Familiarizing them with the sights, smells, sounds, and faces at a young age will make future visits for preventive care much easier. We know your child is beginning on a journey to a lifetime of dental hygiene. That’s why our experienced staff takes a caring, friendly approach with our youngest patients.
Special Considerations for Older Children
Children are most vulnerable to developing cavities beginning at age six. By that age, your child has more access to candy and sweets away from home. She’s also probably brushing their own teeth by now. That combination allows for the buildup of decay-causing plaque and bacteria -- but your pediatric dentist is prepared with dental sealants.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coverings that are painted directly onto the chewing surface of the molars. This protective layer “seals” out the bacteria and acids that cause decay on the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Dental sealants are applied in a quick, painless treatment, dry within minutes, and can provide years of protection against cavities in the back teeth.
Additionally, your child should have an orthodontic evaluation around age seven or eight. Certain problems with the alignment of teeth, like crossbite, underbite, and overbite, are easiest to fix from an early age. Orthodontic attention in young children can shorten future treatment, or eliminate the need for braces during teenage years altogether. Your pediatric dentist provides orthodontic evaluations and refers problems to a trusted local orthodontist.
Excellent Dental Hygiene Starts At Home
Prevention is necessary for smiles of all ages. But it's perhaps more important for children, who are at an increased risk for cavities. Your child may be reluctant to brush and floss their teeth regularly, but it’s crucial that you help them maintain excellent dental hygiene. Habits begun during childhood are likely to continue into adulthood.
If you meet resistance while you're encouraging your child to brush and floss, consider making it a family affair. Clean teeth together at night and in the morning. Your little one is more likely to want to clean when she sees everyone else doing it, too.
Schedule Regular Checkups & Cleanings
And don’t forget to stay on top of their regular checkups and cleanings. When was your child’s last visit to the pediatric dentist in Tyson’s Corner? If it’s been more than six months, it’s time. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!