Pediatric FAQ

At Smiling with Love Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that parents and guardians often have numerous questions regarding their child’s oral health and dental care needs. That is why we have put together a detailed FAQ section. This resource aims to address common inquiries, clarify our procedures and ease any concerns you might have about pediatric dental care in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our commitment is to ensure you and your child feel informed, comfortable and confident every step of the way. If you have any further questions and would like to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Luis Arango, please call us at 757-296-0570.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should my child first visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday or when the first tooth emerges. Early visits are key in preventing dental problems and establishing a dental home for your child.

How often does my child need to see the dentist?

We generally advise a dental checkup every six months to maintain optimal oral health. However, depending on your child’s individual needs, we may suggest more frequent visits.

How can I prepare my child for their initial dental visit?

Start by discussing the dentist in a positive light. Reading children’s books about dental visits or playing pretend dentist can also be helpful. The goal is to make them feel that a dental visit is a normal and positive experience.

What are the best ways to prevent cavities in children?

Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, eating a balanced diet, limiting sugary snacks and beverages and maintaining regular dental visits are all crucial steps in cavity prevention.

My child is nervous about dental visits. How can you help?

We specialize in creating a calm, welcoming environment for children. Our team is skilled in managing dental anxiety and will work closely with your child to ensure their comfort throughout the visit. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as a option to ease their anxiety during dental procedures.

Are dental X-rays necessary and safe for children?

Dental X-rays are a safe and vital part of pediatric dental care, helping us to detect issues not visible to the naked eye. We use the latest digital X-ray technology to minimize radiation exposure.

Can you explain the importance of fluoride treatments?

Fluoride is essential for strengthening tooth enamel and fighting cavities. It is especially beneficial for children as their developing teeth are more susceptible to decay. We provide fluoride treatments tailored to your child’s needs.

Do you offer free second opinions?

We do not offer free second opinions. However, we are committed to providing thorough and expert evaluations at a reasonable cost, ensuring that you receive the highest quality dental care and advice for your child’s specific needs.

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