We Love Treating Children
Dr. Patel strives to ensure all children feel at ease and enjoy their visits, so bring the entire
family! You can be assured your child will get the latest advances in children’s dentistry,
delivered with caring and compassion. We encourage proper dental care in children and love teaching
them how to maintain their healthy teeth for a lifetime. We look forward to meeting them for their
first visit when the first tooth appears and watching them develop each year.
We strive to make sure that this and future generations of children grow up actually enjoying the
dental office. According to our many happy parents and their children, we are doing just that! Our
dental practice is a relaxed and cheerful place that children love to visit. Whether you have an
active five-year-old or a frightened three-year-old, we are here to assist.
Selecting a Child’s Dentist is Like Picking a Pediatrician
Instilling good dental habits early on, in an environment that’s relaxing and fun, is essential to
begin a lifetime of good oral health. Children’s teeth can be vulnerable to cavities at a young age.
Children can’t often brush well on their own. For this reason, it is important for parents to be
actively involved in their child’s daily brushing. This ensures both thorough cleaning and the
continued development of good dental habits. Younger kids tend to eat frequently during the day,
which is called grazing. This results in prolonged exposure to acid, since every time you eat you
make acid. This may cause more cavities.
Teeth that are not as clean as they should be will be exposed to additional acid. This often accelerates
the development of cavities. Identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with a fluoride varnish
application to the mineralizing teeth, can reduce the chance of your child getting a cavity.
Prevent Child Tooth Decay Using Dental Sealants
Children may not do a very good job of brushing their teeth. This even applies to adults sometimes! Even
persistent brushing may not reach the deeper grooves in the back teeth. This can cause the development
of bacteria, acids, and plaque formation, which leads to decay. Once there is decay, the tooth is damaged
and will require a filling or crown.
There is a way to help prevent all this from happening using dental sealants. Here’s how it works:
- The teeth are cleaned and sterilized.
- A thin coating of sealant is applied. This is usually white or clear.
- A special curing light is applied to bond the sealant in place.
- The entire process takes just a few minutes. There are no shots, no drills and no removal of tooth structure.
- It’s totally safe.
The application of dental sealants is one of the best preventive things both children and adolescents can
do to protect their teeth!
Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today at (703) 444-5111 to schedule a visit for everyone.