Dental Care and Your Young Child

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It may seem early, but the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that your child’s first dental visit should occur when their first tooth emerges, or by the age of 1. Before you dismiss dental care for your toddler as insignificant or optional, it’s important to learn the benefits of initiating dental care this young. In fact, the act of taking your young toddler to the dentist on time can impact their development, their overall health as well as their future smile.

Here are 3 good reasons to why dental care is important for your young child:

Cavity Prevention

Routine dental cleanings are the best way to prevent decay at any age. In children, however, this preventative visit becomes even more important. Did you know that 25% of children have at least one cavity by the age of 4? Even more staggering, untreated tooth decay is a leading cause of missed school days in the United States. Cavities need to be prevented – even on baby teeth!

Developmental Check

The condition and position of the teeth can significantly impact your child’s speech development as well as their chewing function. A regular visit to the dentist can ensure your child’s dental health isn’t threatening proper development, or that a certain oral habit (thumb sucking/teeth grinding) isn’t compromising their oral health.

Positive Mindset

Studies have shown that a positive experience at the dentist as a child fosters a healthy mindset about dental care as an adult. By exposing your child to the dentist and teaching them proper oral care habits at a young age, you are setting them up for a healthier mouth (and body) as they grow.

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we welcome your entire family at our comfortable and caring office. We take pride in our ability to provide state-of-the-art dental care with a gentle and patient-centered approach. If your child needs to schedule a dental visit, please call our office today. We are confident we can make it a positive experience from start to finish!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Green Dental of Alexandria – Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Green Dental of Alexandria - Alexandria Dentist

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Jennifer B.

I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!

Stephen Johnson

Top shelf dental care. Convenient location via METRO/King Street Station. Patient's dental chair features back massage capability along with TV viewing (CNN). Dr. Hye Park is very smooth. Dental experience beyond compare. I actually enjoy going to the dentist now.

Caryl Mussenden

Once again, even the cleaning was uneventful. Love being able to look outside while I'm in the chair. Dr. Park has the most gentle & tiny hands ! Love this place and the staff.