Pediatric Dentistry in Falls Church, VA
We love kids at Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry! Our doctors and dental team highly value dental care for young children. Our job is to make sure that you have all the latest information that will help your child have a healthy mouth. We are also committed to monitoring the growth and development of your child’s teeth, bite, jaws, and face. Our role includes prescribing preventive measures such as fluoride and sealants, to help stop cavities before they start. We will individualize these preventive treatments to meet your child’s specific needs. Our highest priority, however, is to treat your child in such a way that he or she becomes a good dental patient for life. At Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry, we will do everything possible to provide appropriate treatment while at the same time making your child think that coming to the dentist is a fun thing to do!
When Should My Child Come To The Dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends a visit to the dentist by the child’s first birthday. This appointment is mainly so that parents can have their questions answered and make sure they have the most up-to-date information about caring for their child’s mouth. If your child is older and has not yet been to the dentist, please do not stress out! Come on in to Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry and we promise that there will be no lectures.
Your Child’s Dental Visit:
A visit for a young child usually goes something like this: First we will discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Then we will play with your child for a few minutes. We try to do this in a non-clinical area of the office. We let your child pick out a toothbrush and show us how they brush. To examine the teeth, gum, bite, and development of a very young child we will use the “knee to knee” position with the child in the parent’s lap. Depending on how much fun the child is having, we may do some cleaning and/or apply fluoride to the teeth. However, if there is a choice between performing a procedure and making sure your child’s visit is as enjoyable as possible, we will always tend toward the later.
You can have a major impact on your child’s dental health by observing the following:
- Prepare your child for his or her appointment in a simple manner. Say, “We are going to the dentist today. He will count your teeth and give you a new toothbrush.” Avoid a lot of pre-appointment “hype” and never, ever, say “It won’t hurt.”
- Bring your child to his or her appointment on time. Traffic is getting terrible here!
- Have your child brush twice each day. Use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- After your child’s turn at brushing, an adult must have a turn.
- Limit the time that sugar is in contact with your child’s teeth.
- If your child takes a bottle, make sure to clean his or her teeth between the last bottle and bedtime.
- Go to MouthHealthy.org to learn more and for some cool videos for kids.