Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Fairfax Corner Dental

Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

When searching for a dentist for your children, you want a provider that not only offers pediatric services but also makes your children look forward to their appointments. Dr. Chang Yi and Dr. Negar Tehrani are devoted to creating an enjoyable dental experience for infants through college students and beyond. If you need an experienced and caring pediatric dentist in Fairfax, Virginia, schedule an appointment with the providers online or over the phone.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

Fairfax Corner Dental

What’s pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry dedicated to the specific dental needs of children. Just like you might take your child to a pediatrician for their medical care, you can take your child to a pediatric dentist for their dental care.

A pediatric dentist understands the specific dental developmental stages that children experience and what they need during those times. They also know how to adapt their approach for children and make them feel comfortable.

Although all dentists learn some pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentists often undergo specialized education and training to treat children.  

When do you recommend children see a dentist?

One easy way to remember when to take your child to the dentist for the first time is the rule of firsts. You should take your child to the dentist after they get their first tooth or by their first birthday.

The purpose of these early appointments is prevention, such as preventing plaque from ever building up and causing other problems. Early oral care also helps your child adjust to getting their mouth cleaned, so it’s easier to brush their teeth later.

You may think it’s not important for your child to see a dentist until they have their permanent teeth, but by then it could be too late to undo the damage caused by unchecked gum disease or decay. While baby teeth are space holders for permanent teeth, tooth decay and gum disease in baby teeth can affect the health of adult teeth later in life.

Even if your child’s teeth are healthy, scheduled trips to the dentist and proper oral hygiene are still imperative. They set your child up for healthy dental habits from a young age.

How do I choose a dentist for my child?

Choosing a dentist for your child is a very personal one, and it often comes down to insurance coverage and location. However, you may want to consider a few other important factors before settling on just any dentist office:

  • Qualifications (credentials and training in pediatric dentistry)
  • Convenience (insurance coverage, physical location, and availability)
  • Personality (trusting relationship and adapted approach with your child)

If you’re looking for a gentle, skilled pediatric dentist for your child, schedule an appointment with the providers at Fairfax Corner Dental online or over the phone.