Caring for Your Child’s Smile

Keeping your child’s smile healthy is a top priority. We are here to help make that happen.

We know that isn’t always easy to know what to do when it comes to your child’s oral health. After all, their smiles are going through so many changes as they get older. Don’t fret; our Ashburn, VA, pediatric dentist Dr. Ajit Patel and our orthodontist Dr. Joseph Errera are here to provide some tips on how to ensure that your child is getting the proper dental care they need to maintain healthy, happy smiles.

Visiting the Dentist

Once your child’s first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one year old (whichever happens first), it’s important that they start getting routine dental cleanings and exams. The first visit will be fast and simple, and it will allow our Ashburn, VA, children’s dentist to establish rapport with your family and to get your little one comfortable visiting the dentist.

The sooner you make visiting the dentist a routine the easier it will be for you and your child. Everyone requires routine exams and cleanings every six months to prevent problems like decay and gum disease.

At-Home Care

Of course, it’s important that you also know how to care for your child’s smile from the comfort of your own home. Creating a brushing and flossing regimen is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Once teeth begin to erupt it’s time to start brushing. There are special toothpastes and small, soft-bristled toothbrushes designed to clean infant and toddlers’ teeth. Once your child is old enough (usually around seven years old) you can teach them how to brush and floss on their own.

Children should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Getting Braces

There comes a time in a lot of children’s lives when permanent teeth aren’t coming in straight and orthodontic treatment might be required. Braces will not only offer straighter results but will also promote a healthier smile. It’s usually a good rule of thumb to visit our Ashburn, VA, orthodontist for an evaluation around the time your child’s permanent front teeth emerge.

No matter whether you are looking for a dentist in Ashburn, VA, for your child or you have questions about your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to turn to the caring dental staff at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center. Schedule an appointment for your little one today.

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