As pediatric dentists, we here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry offer a wide variety of services designed to maintain or improve your child’s oral health. Our main focus is preventive dentistry, but we provide restorative and sedation treatments as well. The type of treatment your child receives depends on the current status of their oral health.
At Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Nadgie is always here to help your children get the dental care they need to ensure that their teeth stay healthy and strong throughout childhood, their teenage years, and beyond. With regular six-month visits to our office, you can ensure that your child’s mouth stays healthy, reduce their risk of cavities, and catch potential oral development issues like crowded or crooked teeth early.
Talking to your teenagers about their oral health can be tricky. As they grow, teenagers tend to become a bit more rebellious and dismissive of your advice, so you might not be sure how to get through to them about proper oral care.
Our best advice is to treat them like an adult. Teenagers want responsibility, and they want to be treated like adults, not kids. Let them know that their teeth are their own responsibility, and that how they treat their teeth as a teenager can have serious effects on their oral health as they grow up.
Preventive dentistry, as the name suggests, is the best way to avoid potential problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these issues are caused by the harmful bacteria found in plaque, the thin biofilm that constantly forms on and around the teeth. The majority of our preventive services are designed to control or eliminate the growth of plaque.
A large part of preventive pediatric care is education. As your child develops, it is your job to help them establish proper oral hygiene habits. During their appointment, we can help show you the proper brushing and flossing techniques. We strive to instill a sense of importance while making it fun and enjoyable for your child.
Sedation dentistry has grown in popularity with the advent of newer, more effective medications and techniques. Our sedation services are very safe and can help your child feel more comfortable during treatment. Your child could benefit from our sedation services if they have significant fears or anxiety associated with professional dental care.
The most popular sedation is nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas.” We often use nitrous oxide because it takes and loses effect very quickly. We want to stress that sedation dentistry is very safe for children. Dr. Nadgie Ortiz has undergone extensive training for the safe and effective application of sedation. You can learn more about our sedation options during your child’s initial consultation.
We always offer same-day appointments for kids in Aldie at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry. If possible, contact us at (276) 663-0065 to let us know you’re coming in. Calling ahead ensures that you get the care your child needs quickly. However, we also accept walk-ins. Upon request, we also do provide some weekend emergency appointments. Get in touch with us now to inquire about your options, and get your child they care they need!
Restorative dentistry is designed to repair the function and aesthetics of damaged teeth or gums. During a routine checkup, we may use a series of diagnostic tools to determine if tooth decay or gum disease is present. If we do diagnose an oral health problem, our restorative treatments can get your child’s smile back on track.
The most important thing is to prevent future problems with their permanent teeth. Our restorative treatments, such as a filling or crown, can improve the structure and lifespan of a damaged tooth. If a primary (baby) tooth is lost prematurely, it may cause the remaining teeth to shift out of position. In this case, we may recommend a space maintainer to keep the teeth in alignment and prevent eruption issues.
Special needs dentistry is the practice of treating children and adults who have special physical or mental needs. This can include patients with physical disabilities like muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, and congenital deformities, as well as those who have intellectual challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, sensory processing disorder, and other such cognitive problems.
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If you would like to learn more about our pediatric services, our team is happy to help! Call (276) 663-0065 to schedule your child’s appointment today!