Here at our Burke family dental practice, we see children starting at age five. Dr. Alejandro and our kid-friendly staff encourage positive dental experiences by explaining procedures in easy-to-understand terms, being very patient, and having a little fun, too.
Our ultimate goal is to help your child grow up with a healthy smile and a positive opinion of the dentist. As a general dentist, Dr. Alejandro is able to provide preventive and restorative dentistry to children. In cases when children need specialized care and emotional accommodations, we refer to well-respected local pediatric dental specialists.
What causes childhood tooth decay?
Sugars that are left in the mouth turn into an acid, which causes tooth decay and can break down your child’s teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.
What can you do to keep your child’s teeth healthy?
- When your baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of non-fluoride toothpaste.
- Examine your child’s teeth every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay, as soon as the teeth begin erupting.
- Make sure your child brushes after feeding or eating, as sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth.
- Maintain an oral hygiene schedule; we recommend brushing after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
- If you notice signs of decay, contact Dr. Alejandro immediately.
The Importance of Dental Checkups
Your child should visit Dr. Alejandro at our Burke, VA dental office every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. We may also recommend tooth sealants because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but we will monitor them at your child's regular checkups.