Children's Dentistry Virginia Beach

Pediatric Dentistry An Overview

Did You Know?… More than half of all first graders and 80% of 17-year-olds need a cavity filling!

According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay, costing parents hundreds of dollars in dental care and causing students to miss valuable time from school. The best way to prevent cavities and tooth decay in children is through regular visits to the dentist and routine teeth cleanings.

Our focus in these early visits is on preventive dental care and early detection of dental diseases.

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Family Dentistry Virginia Beach

Seeing a family dentist often means more convenience and flexibility with the entire family treated by the same dentist. Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Reichley are family dentists in Virginia Beach and see children as young as age 4.

These early visits are important for both oral health maintenance and establishing a relationship with the dentist and alleviating the stress and anxiety often associated with dental care.

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Pediatric Dentistry What to Expect

A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Where a pediatric dentist is solely focused on children, our office is family oriented. We encourage parents to bring their children to the dentist early so they can become familiar with our dental office. Our staff is trained to make children feel as comfortable as possible.

It is not uncommon for children to experience anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. Children look to parents for signs, so the best thing you can do for your child is to remain calm and relaxed.

Routine pediatric dentistry visits will include:

  • Teeth cleaning
  • Diagnostic x-rays (as needed)
  • Charting of teeth and existing tooth conditions
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Evaluation of the gums
  • Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
  • Educating Parents for Pediatric Dentistry

In many situations, if issues are discovered, early intervention and prompt treatment can avoid more complex dental problems. These complex issues can affect speech development, jaw development, long term oral health and even the appearance of their smile.

We understand how frightening it can be for a child to receive a tooth filling or any other treatments. Our compassionate and caring staff are prepared for this. It is more important to resolve issues like cavities as soon as possible so they do not get worse.

Importance of Pediatric Dentistry

Parents and guardians are they key to optimal pediatric dental health. Setting good examples at home and teaching habits early will help to establish optimal long term dental health. Good oral health contributes to the overall health of the child as well as their self-image and feelings of achievement.

Our staff works with parents and guardians to help them teach proper pediatric dental care and address common issues such as thumb sucking, tooth decay, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth removal.

In between visits to the dentist, parents can do many things to ensure the health of their children’s teeth:

  • Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (over age 2)
  • Flossing once a day
  • Limiting sugary drinks and beverages
  • Following recommended guidelines for nursing, bottle and sippy cup use

Schedule a Pediatric Dental Exam Today

If you are looking for a Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake, VA area pediatric dentist, consider Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley. Enjoy the convenience that a family dentist offers, and feel comfortable knowing that you’ll receive comprehensive, advanced dental care in a state-of-the-art facility. Call (757) 453-7657 or request an appointment online today.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

When should my child's first visit to the dentist be?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1, or within six months after the first tooth erupts.

We, and most dentists, agree with that standard and recommend that you bring your child in for their first dental visit as soon as you can see their first teeth.

Do baby teeth get cavities?

Yes, even baby teeth can get cavities. Cavities in baby teeth must be treated and filled as well. Saving your child’s teeth by addressing cavities can prevent speech issues, late development, and eating issues.

Cavities in baby teeth can be repaired with fillings to prevent an infection from causing pain, spreading, and prevents the premature removal of the tooth.

What age do baby teeth fall out?

Most children have a full set of baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, by the time they are 3 years old. When they reach 5 or 6, these teeth will start to fall out, making way for permanent teeth. It is best to let baby teeth fall out on their own.

How often should a child have a dental check up?

It is recommended that children have dental checkups twice a year or every 6 months to prevent cavities and make sure their teeth are growing properly.

Is pediatric dentistry a specialty?

Pediatric dentistry is a specialty. Pediatric dentists have special training in working with children and children’s dental health.