When kids get proper dental care and develop good oral health habits, their teeth, gums, and jawbones can stay healthy for life. Expert dentists Nathalie Phaeton, DDS, and Ki Youn Kil, DDS, welcome infants to 18-year-olds at Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia. Drs. Phaeton and Kil make children feel relaxed and comfortable while examining, cleaning, and treating their teeth. To set up a pediatric dentistry appointment, call Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics today or use the online form.
A pediatric dentist has 2-3 more years of training than a general or family dentist. After dental school, pediatric dentists take postgraduate courses that teach them about children’s developing jaws and teeth. They also learn to manage children’s behavior at every stage of life.
Every baby should see a pediatric dentist before they turn one year old, or as soon as their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Babies and children are less likely to be afraid of the dentist’s office if they start coming at an early age.
Children of all ages — including adolescents and teens — should have a pediatric dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year. You should also bring your child to Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics if they have a dental emergency, cavity, or toothache.
Pediatric dentists have the training to identify potential problems in teeth that are still growing, so they can be corrected early. They also carefully examine your child’s teeth and take X-rays once a year to determine if the teeth have cavities that need a filling, or if there are other problems. When your child’s baby teeth are healthy, their permanent teeth are more likely to grow in without problems, too.
Your pediatric dentist also helps your child develop good oral habits at a young age. They show you how to gently clean your baby’s gums and first tooth with a damp washcloth. Even babies can develop cavities; milk, formula, and juices are high in sugars.
Their dentist also advises you about when to switch your child to a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. They teach your kids how to properly brush and floss their teeth to avoid cavities.
Children need many of the same treatments that adults do. In addition to comprehensive dental exams with digital X-rays and professional dental cleanings, Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics offers:
They also help you deal with issues such as thumb sucking, or they may recommend a night guard for children who grind their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. If your child plays sports, a mouth guard to protect their teeth is also an option.
To schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment, contact Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics by phone or online form.