skip to Main Content

A Tear-Free, Fun Dental

Pediatric Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA

It’s our pleasure to care for your growing child’s dental needs at The Center for Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. Our team of dental professionals love kids and enjoy creating a fun, interactive environment for children of all ages to learn how to take care of their teeth and gums while making visits for pediatric dentistry services in Chesapeake, stress-free for the whole family.

Children need special care for their smiles, especially in their formative years. When the primary or “baby” teeth are coming in, parents and kids need to know the best way to care for these first teeth. Even though they will be replaced with permanent teeth, the health of primary teeth is crucial. Regular checkups and cleanings help protect these teeth that are important for speech, chewing, and setting the path for their permanent smiles.

A pediatric dentist receives extra training on the behavioral needs of children, as well as how to best protect a child’s oral health.

At our Pediatric Dentistry practice in Chesapeake, the pediatric dentists and professional staff are proud to provide a variety of services and tips for keeping your child’s smile healthy.

At-Home Care

Pediatric Teeth Cleaning

Brushing

As soon as a baby is born, you can start the teeth cleaning process. This will start them down the path to a lifetime of good oral health.

Before the teeth come in, use a soft, wet cloth to wipe the gums and remove any bacteria. When the first tooth comes through, you can start using a soft toothbrush with a rice-sized bit of ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to start this early as dental problems can happen even at an early age…

One example is Early Childhood Cavities. If teeth are frequently exposed to milk, formula, soda, or other sugary drinks like fruit juice, this can occur.

As your child gets older, you can start to put a slightly larger bit of toothpaste on their brush. At ages 2-5, a pea-sized amount is all they need. It’s important to make sure they don’t swallow the toothpaste, so enforce the importance of that when you’re teaching them to brush themselves and watch them until you feel confident that they can do it on their own.

Flossing

In addition to brushing, help your children get into the habit of flossing. To remove plaque from hard-to-reach places, flossing can help. It’s much easier to have them start now as they are just beginning to form good oral hygiene habits.

Eating Healthy

To help prevent cavities, limit sugary foods and remove any food particles that get stuck in your child’s teeth. Have your child drink plenty of water. Fluoridated tap water has been shown to help prevent tooth decay. Keep in mind that even with brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, eating healthy, and regular dental cleanings and check-ups, your child may develop a cavity that needs to be treated.

Pediatric Dentistry – Exams and Cleanings

When You Visit Our Office in Chesapeake

While it’s important to brush and floss your child’s teeth at home, it’s just as important to visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist at least twice a year to keep your child’s smile healthy.

There are many benefits to routine exams and cleanings for your child:

  • A lifetime full of healthy smiles
  • Less time at the dentist’s office for dental problems
  • Less money spent on costly dental procedures that could be avoided
  • Gum disease, cavity and bad breath prevention
  • A lifetime full of healthy smiles
  • Less time at the dentist’s office for dental problems
  • Less money spent on costly dental procedures that could be avoided
  • Gum disease, cavity and bad breath prevention

During the exam, one of our expert dentists will examine your child’s teeth for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay or other health concerns. We use state-of-the-art technology to take x-rays only when needed to see potential issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

The cleaning will consist of a gentle removal of any tartar buildup and finish with flossing.

In some situations, we may sometimes suggest a pediatric sealant for the baby teeth. A sealant provides a protective coating for the teeth that can prevent food, plaque, or acid from getting into the grooves of the molars, which is where cavities are most likely to form.

To help prevent tooth decay, or slow it down, we may recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel. These are usually only 2 to 4 times per year and the process is quick – a small brush is used to put the treatment on the top and sides of the teeth. It’s okay for your child to eat soft foods and consume drinks that are at room temperature. Avoid brushing or flossing your child’s teeth for 4 to 6 hours after treatment is applied.

We love your kids and their little smiles!

At Our Pediatric Dentistry Practice in Chesapeake

It’s important for kids to have a pleasant experience when they go for their first dental visits. An unpleasant experience can affect how they feel about dental care services for the rest of their lives. Our Chesapeake-area pediatric dentistry team loves kids, and we want to ensure our littlest patients grow up without any fear of coming to the dentist.

Our dentists and staff are patient and kind and take the time to connect and build a relationship. You’ll find that our offices are clean, inviting and very kid-friendly. We provide a calming atmosphere and give your child the time they need to feel comfortable. Plus, the flat-screen TVs in the rooms help put them at ease while we care for their smiles.

Dental Emergencies

If you’re looking for one of the best pediatric dentists in Chesapeake, for the growing smiles in your family, come see us at the Center for Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. We offer family block scheduling, accept most dental insurance plans and most importantly, we love caring for children’s smiles. Contact us today.

If your child is experiencing a dental emergency where:

  • A baby tooth is knocked out
  • A baby or permanent tooth is chipped or fractured
  • Or they have a persistent toothache

Contact your pediatric dentist in Chesapeake, VA, immediately.

Back To Top
  • Book Online
  • At which office do you want book an appointment?