Family Dental Care Should Start Early

Becoming a new parent brings a mix of emotions.

You are happy about this new life that you will nurture. You are  eager to  see your little darling grow and anxious about what the world will be like for him or her. You may be a little nervous, too, when you think about how you will keep your son or daughter healthy.

All of these are normal emotions.

The team at the office of Lloyd F. Moss, Jr., DDS & Lloyd F. Moss, III, DDS wants to help relieve at least one of your worries — oral care. Our dentists provide pediatric care for families in and around Fredericksburg, VA, and we are happy to do it.

Dental Care Starts At Birth

You may think there isn’t much to do before your child has teeth.

However, there are things you should be doing for your baby, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. You can use a moist cloth to gently wipe your son or daughter’s gums a couple times a day.

When his or her first tooth does erupt, you can start brushing it with a child-sized toothbrush. Use a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to gently scrub the tooth twice each day.

When your child has two teeth next to each other, then you can start flossing gently between them once each day, too.

When Should Your Child Visit The Dentist?

This is one of the most common questions we receive from new parents. We recommend bringing your son or daughter to see us first time between his or her second and third birthdays.

By this point, most children will have all of their primary teeth. This gives us an opportunity to check their bite for any possible problems and to evaluate their oral health.

We try to make this visit fun and engaging for your son or daughter. We want them to see our staff as people who care about them and their health.

It’s common for children to feel shy and uncomfortable when they first come to our office. We understand. A dentist office is a big place with unfamiliar people.

If your child isn’t ready for us to look at his or her teeth, that’s OK, too. We want this to be a happy visit. We may goof around and take your toddler for a ride in one of our dental chairs.

We won’t rush your child into anything if he or she isn’t ready to let us look at his or her teeth. As your child opens up, we will be able to provide more in-depth dental care.

What If You Notice A Problem?

Anytime you see something that concerns you, please know that you are welcome to visit us.

You don’t have to wake until your child is 2 years old if something doesn’t look right. Our dental staff will be glad to take a look.

We also know that children will become more independent and participate in more activities as they get older. Unfortunately, sometimes those activities can result in falls or injuries that cause dental emergencies.

If that does happen, please call our office as soon as you are able. We know that emergencies don’t always occur during our regular office hours.

We will make every effort to see you or your child as soon as we are able — nights, weekends, or anytime.

Patient Education

We also know that you may have more questions about dental care. We are happy to provide you with the answers that you need so you will know what your family can do at home to maintain their oral health.

We don’t want any of our patients to have tooth decay or gum disease. To help prevent that, our staff can show your children how to brush and floss their teeth.

We also know your children’s dental needs will change as they get older. As they start losing their primary teeth, we will watch for any alignment issues. For teens (and adults) who may need to have their teeth straightened, we offer Invisalign in our office. This is a convenient treatment option for many patients.

Gentle Dental Care

We know that your children are the most precious people in your life. The whole Moss dental staff takes seriously our responsibility to provide a caring and gentle environment for your son or daughter to receive dental care.

If you have any questions or you are ready to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Fredericksburg, VA, you can contact us by calling (540) 369-4926 or filling out our online form.

We look forward to seeing you and to meeting your son or daughter.