Pediatric Dental Care for Children and Infants in McLean, VA
At McLean Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Neda Etessam is dedicated to providing outstanding dental care to children of all ages. There are many advantages to starting your children on the road to good oral hygiene from a young age. This includes scheduling their first visit by the time they are a year old; and establishing good oral hygiene care from the time they are born. These two steps can go a long way towards making sure your children enjoy a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist on or before their first birthday. While this may seem a bit early, this appointment gives Dr. Etessam the opportunity to check the development of their smiles and their overall oral health. Many problems can be treated and even reversed when spotted early.
At-Home Oral Hygiene
Even in their infant years, oral healthcare is an important factor to your children’s health. Even before your child begins teething, developing good oral hygiene habits is highly beneficial to his/her future dentition.
Before any teeth erupt, it’s best to use a soft cloth moistened with warm water and to gently wipe your baby’s gums. This removes the sugars left behind when your baby drinks from a bottle or nurses.
Once that first tooth appears, it’s time to start brushing. Replace the soft cloth with a soft toothbrush, or a non-fluoridated toothpaste.
Proper Nutrition for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Every parent knows that nutrition is a vital aspect to maintaining your children’s general health. But did you know that your children’s eating habits could have a direct impact on the long-term health of their smiles? With this in mind, we’d like to recommend a few tips to help you provide smile-friendly meals and snacks.
Serve well-balanced meals that include whole grains, dairy products, fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein. These help strengthen your children’s teeth. We know children love sweetened drinks such as fruit juice and sports drinks, but these contain sugar. Avoid serving these drinks to your children and when you do, be sure to offer them only with a meal.
Offer children healthy alternatives such as carrot sticks dipped in hummus, sliced apples and peanut butter, or crackers and hard cheeses.
Sterilization (Strictest Technique)
At McLean Children’s Dentistry, we strive to provide not only a fun environment for our young patients, but a safe one as well. That includes practicing the strictest sterilization techniques possible to ensure a high level of cleanliness and protection. This includes the following:
- Our staff always wears new gloves, new masks, and protective eyewear when seeing each new patient.
- Disposable items are used whenever possible to prevent the risk of cross-contamination.
- All instruments are thoroughly cleaned in an automated washing system and then steamed at very high temperatures to kill potential bacteria.
- Disinfectant is always used to wipe down all surfaces in our treatment rooms before each new patient arrives.