What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
Not all dentists accept babies, toddlers, and children as patients. Just as pediatric physicians tend to the health needs of young children, pediatric dentists specialize in providing oral health treatments for some of the youngest patients in Rockville, MD. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that a child have their first dental visit by the time they are 12 months of age, or within six months of a first tooth eruption. If you are searching for an experienced pediatric dentist or family dentist in or around Rockville, MD, we welcome you to join the dental family of Dr. Victor R. Siegel. Many families trust Dr. Siegel, who has over 30 years of dental experience, to treat their children.
Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry
To some parents, the ADA guidelines of having a dental check-up by 12 months of age may sound early. The purpose of this early exam is to ensure that your child’s baby teeth are developing properly. The premature loss of primary teeth can cause serious problems for adult teeth since adult teeth follow the path of primary teeth later in adolescence.
While some parents may not be concerned about the emergence of baby teeth, it is important to understand that the primary teeth:
- Help children chew
- Help children maintain good nutrition
- Create space for adult teeth
- Help children with self-esteem
- Teach children how to maintain good oral hygiene habits
What Should Your Family Expect during a Visit?
Our doctors will focus on prevention and minor treatment when your child visits our dental practice. Dr. Siegel and Dr. Kramer, along with our friendly staff, are trained to educate parents and children on how to prevent oral health problems from developing. Working with children takes a special touch and a love of working with toddlers who may be cranky, irritable, or nervous.
If your child is two years old or younger, he or she is probably too young to be nervous about dental visits. Older children may find themselves apprehensive about dental visits. Taking your child with you during your adult check-ups can help acclimate your little one to our warm and friendly office. You can help your child become excited about oral healthcare by letting them shop for their own toothbrushes and toothpaste.
If you are searching for an experienced pediatric dentist or family dentist in or around Rockville, MD, we welcome you to join the dental family of Dr. Victor R. Siegel.
You can trust our staff to always be patient and gentle with your baby, toddler, or child. We recommend not waiting too long to begin office visits. If your child does have congenital dental problems or cavities, early treatments lead to better health outcomes.
Treatment Options at Our Rockville Dental Practice
Pediatric dentistry focuses on dental exams, dental cleanings, and preventive treatments. During your visit to our Rockville dental practice, one of our doctors will gently examine your child’s jaw, mouth, and teeth. Low-radiation digital x-rays may also be taken. If your child requires cavity treatment, we can provide that during the exam or at a later visit. Dental sealant placements are commonly performed as well. Our doctors and staff members will take the time to teach your child about the importance of good oral hygiene.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Visit Today
Almost 22 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 have one or more cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your child has a dental problem, it will likely be minor and easily treatable. Pediatric dentistry can set your children on the road to a lifetime of optimal oral health. To schedule your child’s visit to our office, contact our team online or call (301) 963-4330.