Healthy and happy smiles starts with pediatric cleanings and exams

Your child’s behaviors and practices dictate the direction of the rest of his or her life. As daunting as that may sound, you are not alone in supporting the health and development of your son or daughter in early childhood. There are specialists equipped in different areas to partner with you and your child during these formative years. These professionals include Dr. Mike, his fellow pediatric dentists, and the rest of the skilled and kind team at Little Pearls Dentistry for Children in Lansdowne, Virginia. Families in and around Leesburg and the Greater D.C. area are fortunate to have nearby those cleanings and exams, along with other fundamental dental services, performed by specialists in pediatric dentistry. 

As specialists, our dentists have two to three years of additional training and experience treating infants, children, adolescents, and teens. This advanced, focused training in areas such as childhood development and pediatric medicine inform our diagnostics, preventive services, and restorative treatments. You have peace of mind that our diagnoses are accurate, and that our treatments are administered precisely and safely. 

The power of prevention 

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease affecting children – more common than hay fever or asthma. It does not have to be this way. Dental decay and other oral conditions, such as periodontal (gum) disease, are highly preventable. After around the age of 1, we will begin to see your child. So, we can detect developmental problems early when they are easiest to resolve. It is also important to get your child accustomed to visiting us on a regular basis. Even before your child has any teeth that are present, we can demonstrate techniques to keep your baby’s gums clean and free of the bacteria that breeds disease.  

Just like with you and other “grown-ups,” your child will get on a schedule of professional cleanings and exams by one of our pediatric dentists every six months. During these check-ups, our skilled hygienists use specialized tools and techniques to clean your child’s teeth and gums gently and safely. This process helps to manage harmful bacteria, and to remove stubborn plaque (tartar or calculus). Your child’s dentist will also look for abnormalities that could indicate the presence of early-stage erosion or gum inflammation. Sophisticated technologies can also detect what cannot be seen with the eyes alone, and they do so in a way that minimizes exposure to radiation (from X-rays) and that is non-invasive and gentle. So, your child has a comfortable and pleasant experience! 

Depending on his or her needs, age, and other factors, we may recommend preventive services such as fluoride supplementation and dental sealants. Both services are safe, easy, and effective ways to retain tooth strength and to prevent tooth decay. 

Now that you have sunk your teeth into a few of our preventive products and techniques, we encourage you to visit us in person. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We also have advanced training and experience working with children with special needs. We look forward to meeting your “little pearl”!