Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ASK YOUR DULLES PEDIATRIC DENTIST: HOW DO I STOP MY CHILD’S THUMB SUCKING?

All I want for Christmas is my baby to stop sucking her thumb. It’s such a terrible habit. Help me, Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun. How can I stop the thumb-sucking? —Concerned for my baby’s teeth”

Dear Concerned,
Thumb-sucking is a totally natural and normal behavior in young children. Babies are born with the natural urge to suck — at the breast, on pacifiers, their fingers, thumb, and anything else they can shove in their little mouths. This action is calming and comforting, and one that likely began before she was even born. To your baby, her thumb is a cure-all: sleepy, scared, bored, or sick. Her thumb helps him learn and understand that he is okay, that he can be calm, that he is secure.
During infancy and early toddlerhood, thumb-sucking is nothing to worry about. The American Dental Association (ADA) has proven the practice mostly harmless; most children who suck their thumb will do so without ever damaging the alignment of teeth or gums. Because most children will drop the habit on their own between the ages of two and four. So, if your baby is six months, eight months, fourteen months — please don’t worry about it.
However, if your sucker is nearing the age of four, there are a few things you can do help wean her from the thumb. Prolonged thumb-sucking can lead speech delays, lisp, and malocclusion (or a pushing outward) of the front teeth, which may require orthodontic treatment to correct. It seems here is where your fears lie, and you should know we understand. There are a few simple, easy steps you can take to end your child’s thumb sucking for good.
  • Distract her. It’s become a habit. Watching TV, hanging out on the couch with mom on Saturday morning: The thumb goes in the mouth. Instead, offer a ball to bounce or a stuffed animal to snuggle, anything that might distract her from his urge to suck.
  • Put gloves on her hands. It’s an oral fixation, something she does without even thinking. Gloves on her hands or a bandage taped around her thumb will serve as a consistent reminder, because fabric and adhesive just don’t taste very good.
  • Offer praise. All children want is your approval. Encourage your big girl when she goes a whole day without sucking her thumb. Mark every consecutive day on the calendar, and consider offering a reward when she’s done so well.
  • Observe. Watch her. Try to understand why she is still sucking her thumb, and respond accordingly. She sucks because she’s tired? Move her bedtime up a little, or let her nap a little longer. She sucks because he’s feeling anxious or frustrated? Help her use his words.
She’s a whole little person with his own needs and desires, and maybe right now thumb-sucking is among them; it won’t last forever. Work with her to break the habit when it’s time, if it’s necessary, but don’t ever shame or punish her for that which comes so natural.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me and the Smilez Pediatric Dental Group team in Loudoun County at (703) 947-0951. Good luck.
-Dr. Bhatti

Article Originally Seen On: https://pediatricdentistloudoun.com/end-the-thumb-sucking/ 

Friday, November 18, 2016

2016 DENTAL INSURANCE BENEFITS DO EXPIRE

Fall is one of the busiest times of the year for many of us. Children and parents are still adjusting to the new school year, fall sport seasons are winding down and everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving, the holidays and end of the year celebrations. Not to mention mom and dad are still working hard providing for the families.
With all this activity preoccupying your time, Smilez Pediatric Dental Loudoun  just wanted to remind our parents out there to schedule your child’s dentist appointments before the end of the year.
Why before the end of the year? Because if you don’t use your 2016 pediatric dental insurance benefits before 12/31/16, you lose them!  Dental insurance doesn’t roll over to the following year. If you “Don’t use it, you will lose it”.
Besides taking care of an existing tooth pain or scheduling a routine cleaning and exam, here are 5 reasons to schedule your child’s pediatric dentist appointment in Dulles VA.
Your Insurance Deductible
Your deductible is the amount of money you personally pay out of pocket to your kid’s dentist before your insurance company will pay for dental services. 
Read the rest of the article here: Loudoun Dentists 
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WAYS TO HELP PREVENT CAVITIES IN CHILDREN


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Cavities happen.
The key to making sure they don’t, you’re well aware, is ensuring that your kids learn and maintain good oral health; this includes regular brushing and flossing, and two visits a year to the pediatric dentist for checkups and cleanings, yes. But there are a few additional things you can do, some of which might surprise you.

To help fight cavities, encourage your children to:

Eat more cheese.

Casein, a protein found in cheese, contains a protective property that promotes healthy teeth and helps prevent cavities. Studies have shown that calcium levels in the mouth increase tremendously after eating cheese. Teeth are made of calcium, and so it only makes sense that an uptick in the amount of calcium in the mouth will help keep the littlest chompers strong and healthy.

Chew gum and even candy.

Wait. Let’s stop for a second. As your child’s Dulles pediatric dentist, it’s our responsibility to add to this a caveat: Not all gum and candy is good for teeth, but some can be. The compound present in sugar free gum is an effective cavity fighter, as can be candy if it’s sugar free and sweetened with xylitol.

Drink from a straw.

It’s an exciting way to making drinking fun, with a straw! The general recommendation is that juice and especially soda be avoided, but a study conducted by Temple University discovered that the damage to healthy teeth can be minimized by the use of a straw. So on Saturday morning when she insists on a glass of OJ with her cereal, present the treat of a beverage with a straw.

Consider dental sealants.

Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun often recommends the placement of dental sealants to help keep healthy teeth in tip top shape. Made of plastic resin and bonded within the deep grooves on the surface of your child’s teeth, pediatric dental sealants are typically applied to a child’s permanent teeth as a preventive measure designed to prevent tooth decay, and will last three to five years.

Interested in learning more about preventing cavities?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PEDIATRIC DENTIST IN LOUDOUN COUNTY


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Finding a pediatric dentist for your child can feel like a daunting challenge. There are so many, and there’s no easy way to compare them. It can take a lot of time and legwork, and so many people put it off.
As inconvenient as it is, you can’t put off finding a pediatric dentist too long; of child’s oral health is too important. Here are some tips to make the process easier.
Ask For Referrals From Friends, Family & Coworkers
It could be that finding a dentist will be easier than you think, if you tap your network. Ask your friends and family. Ask your neighbors. Ask your coworkers. Most of these people have dentists and many of them will be happy to provide you their contact information.
If you have insurance, check with your provider for a list of the dentists in Loudoun County that accept your insurance. If you cross check this with the list of references your contacts gave you, you will quickly have a short list of people to check out.
Visit Their Website
Every reputable pediatric dental office should have a website. From the comfort of your home, you’ll be able to check on things like:
  • Is the office located close by and is it convenient to get to?
  • Do the office hours work for your schedule?
  • What are the procedures in place if you have a dental emergency?
  • Where was the dentist trained and what certifications does he or she hold?
This should filter your list even further. By this time you might have only a handful of names left. At this point you may choose to visit the office or schedule an appointment.
Check Things Out On Your Own
By visiting the dentist’s office, you’ll be able to get the general feel of things. Is the  place calm, clean, and kid friendly? Do you observe good hygienic practices? In a busy practice, you may not be able to just show up and ask a lot of questions. You should be able to schedule a tour of their office though.
Since you will be spending a lot of time at your kid’s dentist (at least twice a year for the foreseeable future), it’s important to choose someone you like and are comfortable with. You should also ask questions about fees, the price of X-rays, oral exams and filling cavities can vary widely.
The dentist should cheerfully answer your questions. After all, it is his or her job to make sure you understand any and all procedures you child may undertake in the near future.
To discuss our pediatric dental practice or schedule an office visit please give us call! (703) 947-0962

Manual or Electric: What toothbrush is right for you?

Manual or Electric: What toothbrush is right for you?

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You’re in the market for a new toothbrush. Some say manual is the way to go (They’re cheap, easy to use, and won’t ever break.), while others swear by the merits of an electric toothbrush (You’ll know exactly how long to brush, and your mouth will always be cleaner!). But you’re just not sure.
Well, as everyone does, the dentists and staff at Railroad Dental Associates have our preference, of course, but as long as you’re brushing (and flossing!) regularly, there are pros and cons to the purchase and use of each type of toothbrush.
Read on, and decide for yourself: Manual or electric?

Manual Toothbrush

Pros

  • Practice proper brushing technique. Brushing with a manual toothbrush takes only two minutes, twice a day, and your teeth will be clean, so clean!
  • Your options are endless. Want a pink toothbrush? You can buy a pink toothbrush. Need a toothbrush with soft bristles because of sensitive gums? You can buy a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Have toothbrush, will travel. All you’ll need is a case in which to carry your toothbrush, and wherever you go, your teeth will sparkle.
  • No batteries required. Enough said.
  • They’re inexpensive, and sometimes free. When you visit your Manassas Park dentist for a regular check up and cleaning, we’ll give you a toothbrush free of charge! Remember, you should replace your toothbrush once every three months.

Cons

  • More work. Side to side. Up and down. Your wrist and arm will surely get an exercise when you choose to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush.
  • You’ll have to set a timer. When you heed the recommendations, you’ll brush for an average of two minutes. With a manual toothbrush this means you’ll have to guess, or count, or set a timer. Unless, of course, you take the opportunity to practice singing the Happy Birthday song!

Electric Toothbrush

Pros

  • An electric toothbrush is easy to use. It’s simple. Put the brush in your mouth at a 45-degree angle, and let it do its thing. Just like that, your pearly whites are clean.
  • Get better results with less work. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning your mouth and removing plaque and gingivitis.
  • Let the kids have a little fun. Convincing your children that, yes, they have to brush their teeth every day can be frustrating, and a hassle. An electric toothbrush might be the answer to this problem. It’s a lot easier (and more fun).
  • No more counting. Most electric toothbrushes come with a timer built-in. They’ll stop as soon as two minutes have passed, so you’ll never have to guess.

Cons

  • Charge it. Electric toothbrushes require, you guessed it, electricity to operate. Every so often, you’ll have to charge your toothbrush or replace its batteries.
  • “It costs how much?!” No matter the type or style, you can expect to pay a significantly higher cost for an electric toothbrush than for its manual counterpart.
  • FRAGILE. If you drop a manual toothbrush on the counter, it’s not a big deal. Drop an electric toothbrush, and it might break. You have to be more careful.

Railroad Dental Associates recommends the use of an electric toothbrush.

Despite the higher cost, and the added hassle that comes along with charging, and the need for careful handling, numerous studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are statistically more effective at removing plaque and fighting gum disease than manual toothbrushes. If you’re still not convinced, or are unsure which electric toothbrush is right for you, schedule a checkup & cleaning with your Manassas Park dentist, and we’ll be happy to help you decide.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY BABY TO THE PEDIATRIC DENTIST?

He’s only six months old; he’s only just gotten his first tooth, and his first twirl in the dentist chair is the last thing on your mind… but maybe it shouldn’t be. If you’re wondering when is the right time to start establishing best oral health practices, the answer is “sooner than you think.”

Your baby’s first trip to the dentist should happen before his first birthday.

The general rule to follow is six months after the eruption of his first tooth. So start the clock now, and call Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun to schedule his very first cleaning today.
Start ‘em early; that’s our motto. Even itty bitty baby teeth can decay. And so the earlier you introduce your little one to the right and wrong ways to take care of his teeth; and the earlier you, as a new parent, learn to clean his teeth and to identify his fluoride needs, the better off you’ll all be.
Children and adults alike too often feel fear and anxiety in anticipation of visiting the dentist. This just shouldn’t be so; there’s nothing to feel scared about. Bringing your child to the dentist early and often will not only lead to a lifetime of good oral habits, but it’ll make him feel more comfortable here, which will lead to plenty of stress-free visits in the future.

What will happen during our first pediatric dental visit?

Baby’s first dental visit is usually nothing more than an introductory icebreaker, to give your child a chance to get to know the dentist, and vice versa. This new environment may be frightening, so patience and calm on your part will go a long way toward building his trust in the dentist and the dental office.
Lasting just 15 or 30 minutes, and depending upon the age of your little one at his first dental visit, Dr. Bhatti might conduct a gentle but thorough examination of his teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas; a gentle cleaning to polish and remove any tartar build up; x-rays; a demonstration of proper home cleaning; and an assessment of the need for fluoride.
Your Dulles pediatric dentist recommends scheduling appointments in the morning whenever possible. If your child is under the age of three, we may ask that you sit in the dental chair and hold him during the examination and cleaning. Parents of older children may be asked to wait in the reception area so that our hygienists and dentist may build a personal, meaningful relationship with your child.
Call Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun to schedule baby’s first dental visit today. If you are looking for Pediatric dental services in Gainesville, Warrenton or Manassas visit our Gainesville Pediatric Dentist Office.

DO I NEED TO HAVE MY CHILD’S WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

Ask around, and you’ll discover that most of the people you know had their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early 20s. Pediatric dental professionals hold varying opinions about how necessary wisdom tooth extraction; sometimes they need to be taken out, and sometimes they don’t.
If you’re wondering, trying to determine if your child’s wisdom teeth need to be removed, call Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Gainesville to schedule a consultation.

Have you ever wondered why they’re called wisdom teeth in the first place?

Sometime during the 17th century, people started referring to these third molars as “teeth of wisdom,” which had been shortened to “wisdom teeth” by the mid 1800s. They usually appear much later than their dental counterparts, at a time when a child is becoming wiser as he transitions into adulthood; it is generally believed that this is how they earned their name. Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that don’t have “baby tooth” versions.

If we don’t need them, why are they there?

Wisdom teeth are such that we don’t miss them when they’re not there. They’re just not necessary. So why hasn’t evolution done away with these molars? Well… it’s getting there. As much as 35 percent of the U.S. population is born without wisdom teeth, and eventually the day will come when they just aren’t there at all, because we don’t need them.

There are a few reasons your Gainesville pediatric dentist might suggest wisdom tooth extraction.

The human mouth is designed to fit 28 teeth comfortably; add four wisdom teeth and you’ve got 32. For this reason, many people have wisdom teeth that are impacted: they never emerge from the gums. This may never cause a problem for your child, or it could be the source of pain and even infection. Our Gainesville pediatric dentist will generally recommend the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, even for those currently experiencing no problems.
It might also be the case that your child’s wisdom teeth come in sideways. They’re not supposed to do that. Wisdom teeth that come in sideways can cause others to shift and lead to misalignment, pain, and damage.

Will my child be in any pain after having his wisdom teeth removed?

Some general discomfort and swelling can be expected, but when you trust your child’s mouth to our team of experienced pediatric dentists, we’ll do everything we can to make the procedure as quick, safe, and painless as it can be.

Contact Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Gainesville to learn more about your child’s wisdom teeth, and to determine if their removal is the right choice.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

SMILEZ IS YOUR BRAMBLETON PEDIATRIC DENTIST!

Smilez is your local Brambleton pediatric dentist. We offer preventative and routine dental care, emergency dental care and sports dentistry. Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through their teen years. We care for your child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout all stages of childhood.
Your Child’s Comfort and Care is our Top Priority
We understand that a positive experience is extremely important for your child’s future dental health. That’s why you’ll find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We establish trust with your child by providing a safe and happy dental facility. At Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun, we combine the latest dental technology with genuine care and concern.
Our goal is to provide optimal dental care in a gentle and caring manner to help build a lifetime of healthy smiles. Our experienced pediatric dentists can assist you and your child with a variety of dental issues, answer your questions and provide a memorable and positive dental experience.
Brambleton Kids DentistOur team works with children and their parents to teach them about the importance of proper at-home oral hygiene, regular dental visits and good nutrition. About 57% of children aged 6-11 have decayed, missing or filled teeth. Early prevention is the first step towards lasting oral health.
Our friendly staff strives to develop a special relationship with each family so that the process of obtaining dental care is pleasant for both children and their parents. We appreciate the opportunity to provide dental care for your child.
Please contact us for more information about our pediatric dental services.https://pediatricdentistloudoun.com/smilez-is-your-brambleton-pediatric-dentist/

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun Makes Happy, Healthy Smiles for All Northern VA Children: NOW OPEN

Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun Makes Happy, Healthy Smiles for All Northern VA Children: NOW OPEN

PRESS RELEASE

Dulles, Virginia — December 8, 2015

A healthy, happy smile is the goal. Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun is the place to make it a reality. Now open and accepting patients in a state of the art Stone Ridge facility, Doctor Bushra Bhatti, DMD and her staff make parents and children alike feel immediately at ease. At Smilez Pediatric Dental Group, that effort starts with the promise of affordability; come in today for a cleaning and a check upwith Loudoun County’s newest, most compassionate pediatric dentist — for just $69.
“Having a son of my own has only strengthened my understanding of the needs of patients and parents,” said Dr. Bushra Bhatti, of Smilez Pediatric Dental Group. “Every child is a unique individual and no two children can be treated exactly the same. I love getting to know children on a personal level, connecting with them and learning how to best teach them the importance of regular, routine dental care.”
Doctor Bhatti received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine before going on to create a professional certificate in pediatric dentistry and Master of Science in dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as chief resident. With additional educational background in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doctor Bhatti’s commitment to providing quality dental care is proven, and strong.
Smilez Pediatric Dental Group offers a range of preventive and emergent care services for patients throughout Loudoun County and northern Virginia, services that include:
  • Dental exams & cleaning
  • Mouthguards
  • Fluoride
  • Sports dentistry
  • Cavities
  • Pediatric dental sedation
  • And more!
Make an appointment today; call (703) 542-7300 or visit Smilez Pediatric Dental Group online to learn more.

About Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun

At Smilez Pediatric Dental Group, your family is Dr. Bhatti’s family. The dentist and her staff make it their highest priority to help every child feel relaxed and comfortable, and to provide him or her the most rewarding and beneficial pediatric dental care available. Smilez Pediatric Dental Group will always take the time to listen to parents’ concerns and answer questions so that the whole family can be excited and confident about the next trip to the dentist. To learn more, visit www.pediatricdentistloudoun.com.

EMERGENCY PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE IN LOUDOUN VA

Children run, and they play… and they fall.
Sometimes they fall on their faces.
And sometimes those falls result in mouth injuries.

When mouth injuries occur in Loudoun County, call Smilez Pediatric Dental Group.

Seek medical attention immediately. If you suspect your child’s jaw may be fractured, your first stop should be the local emergency department; otherwise, call Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun to determine the best course of action for treating your child’s dental emergency.

In the event of a knocked out tooth:

Keep it! Keep the knocked out tooth and any displaced tissue still attached. If possible, place the tooth back in its space, or into a cup of milk or saliva. And of course, see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible — especially if the tooth is a permanent one. The sooner your child is able to be seen, the higher the chances your Loudoun County dentist may be able to re-implant it.

In the event of a broken tooth:

Broken teeth are incredibly painful, and your child will require immediate dental attention to prevent infection. Following recommended doses and the advice of your pediatrician, give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever and do what you can to protect what remains of the tooth. Call Smilez Pediatric Dental Group right away, and we’ll get him seen as soon as possible.

In the event of a toothache:

Aches and pains of this sort are often caused by tooth decay, but it’s also possible your child is experiencing a toothache because of an infection or because they grind their teeth. Regardless of the cause, you should make an appointment with your Loudoun pediatric dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, an over-the-counter pain reliever and a cold compress can provide temporary relief.

Always be prepared in the event of a pediatric dental emergency in Loudoun County.

No parent ever wants to see her child injured or in pain, but sometimes, dental emergencies are unavoidable and the best thing you can do is be prepared. Keep a dental emergency kit (packed with things like gauze, a small cup, mouthwash, a cold compress, and some sort of tooth storage device) near your standard first aid kit, and the phone number to Smilez Pediatric Dental Group Loudoun handy.