Children's Dentist in Washington, DC
At Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington, one of our greatest accomplishments is being entrusted with multiple generations of smiles. Many families visit us regularly bringing their children and grandchildren, and this is one of the greatest compliments we ever receive. We’re happy to offer convenient block appointments for your family to save you time and avoid multiple trips. We recommend our littlest patients make their first visit around the age of three, but if you ever have questions, concerns, or problems before that time, we’re happy to help.
Your Child’s First Visit
Around the age of three, children have developed quite a few teeth, and are at a point in their cognitive development where they can understand the sights and sounds of the dental office meaning they are less likely to be scared during treatment. The first visit to the office includes an office tour, thorough dental examination, and professional teeth cleaning. Depending on your child’s dental development, we will likely take x-rays at this time as well. Throughout the visit, our friendly team is happy to answer any questions you or your children have, and will take time to demonstrate best at-home care practices.
For kids whose teeth have quite a bit of plaque and tartar build up or who have signs of tooth decay, we may recommend dental sealants. These thin plastic coatings are painted on and hardened to teeth providing a protective layer between your child’s teeth and decay causing bacteria.
If your children play sports, you may have purchased athletic mouthguards from your local sporting goods store just to watch then dangle from your child’s helmet or get left in a locker. Many kids find store bought sportsguards are uncomfortable, and they don’t wear them. At Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington, we offer custom sportsguards. Because these mouthguards are fitted to your child’s unique smile, they are more comfortable, and kids are more likely to wear them consistently.
Started in the 1980s, Toothprints™ were created by a pediatric dentist who wanted to protect his own children. Like fingerprinting, Toothprints™ can aid officers in identifying your child in the case he or she is in an accident or goes missing. The process is safe and simple. Your child bites into a Toothprints™ wafer for sever seconds, and the wafer records the size and shape of teeth and also absorbs DNA. We recommend regular updates to ensure we have the most accurate information as your child’s teeth develop. Typically the initial impression is taken during the first appointment (about age 3), and updates should be made at least around the age of 7 when permanent teeth first erupt, and again around the age of 12 when all permanent teeth have erupted.
It’s no secret that kids are accident prone. Lucky for you, our Washington, DC dental team offers patients emergency dentistry services. If you or your child is experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us. We try to see emergency appointments on the same day, and are happy to provide tips to help you care for your smile until you reach our office.
Contact Your Kids’ Dentist to Find Out More
Is it time for your little one’s first visit? We’d be happy to schedule an initial dental checkup and cleaning. Call Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington to find out more.