The early days of your child's dental development are an exciting time!
You've watched your little one grow in so many ways; now baby teeth are coming in, and your child is on their way to a lifetime of healthy smiles!
At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we enjoy working with children of all ages. We value the chance to play a part in their early dental development and help them establish a positive attitude about caring for their teeth.
Why Healthy Baby Teeth Are Essential
Dr. David Paino and Dr. Barry Rudolph agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that says your child should have their first visit when their baby teeth start to appear, but no later than age two.
Many parents wonder why these early visits are necessary when baby teeth will eventually be lost. The fact is that these adorable little teeth have some important work to do:
- Save space for permanent teeth
- Help your child chew correctly to ensure proper nutrition
- Ensure proper speech development
- Promote a healthy smile
Your Child's First Visit
Being apprehensive about your child's first visit is understandable. After all, you are introducing them to unfamiliar people in a new environment filled with strange-looking machines. And since it's a new experience for them, a little stress on their part (and maybe yours) is completely normal.
One way we help your child adjust to the new surroundings is by starting with a “Happy Visit.” We encourage you to bring your little one with you during your cleaning appointment. If they’re receptive, we will count their teeth, and the visit ends with a prize from our treasure box. In many cases, even this brief exposure is enough to get them excited about their next visit!
But we can assure you that our doctors are exceptionally patient and easygoing with our youngest patients. We have been practicing at this location for 40 years and have treated many children who are now our adult patients! We believe the trust they place in us as adults speaks volumes about their experiences with us as children!
Making Visits Fun
We have lots of experience treating kids at our Vienna, VA dental office.
Our team knows that patience truly is a virtue when it comes to working with your little one. We speak to your child on their level to help them feel safe and secure with us. Appointments are short because we don't want to overwhelm them.
Safe Sedation for Your Child
We are also pleased to offer nitrous oxide for our young patients who have difficulty relaxing. Nitrous oxide gas is mixed with oxygen and expertly administered to your child by one of our trained team members.
We carefully monitor your child during treatment, but nitrous oxide is very safe, even for young children. Our goal is to ensure that your child enjoys the most comfortable and worry-free care possible.
Please Call to Arrange Your Child's Visit
Vienna Family Dental has been providing children in our area with high-quality dental care for 40 years. We would love to be a part of your child's development and help them come to understand the important benefits of good oral health.
If it's time for your child's first visit, please call our office to arrange a convenient appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!