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.