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Pediatric Dentistry Hunt Valley, MD

Pediatric DentistryAn Overview

Valley Dental Health is a family dentist near Hunt Valley, Maryland. We treat patients of all ages and generally begin seeing children at age three, once all of the primary teeth have emerged. Dr. Ashely Izadi is well loved by our younger patients. She has a very calm and gentle manner, putting both children and parents at ease.

Valley Dental Health Pediatric Dentistry

We deeply cherish the relationships that we build with our patients and enjoy watching children grow up within our practice. -Dr. Ashley Izadi

At Valley Dental Health in Hunt Valley, Dr. Rafat and Dr. Izadi recommend that children begin to come in for routine dental visits around the age of 3- this is approximately when all primary teeth have erupted.

These preventive care visits are an important part of your child’s physical health and well being at a time when they are growing and establishing routines that can last a lifetime!

Keeping your child’s primary teeth healthy is important for many reasons and pediatric preventive care visits give the staff of Valley Dental Health the opportunity to teach proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Dr. Rafat and Dr.Izadi also take the time to emphasize the role that a healthy diet can play in reducing tooth decay and keeping teeth strong and healthy for the long run.

Children’s primary teeth play a role in their speech development and nutrition: strong, healthy teeth allow a child to eat a wide variety of foods and enable their speech patterns to develop normally.

Children who lose these early teeth to decay may have trouble eating a varied, healthy diet and may also develop altered speech patterns at a time when they are mastering these skills for future development.

These teeth also serve as “place holders” for the permanent teeth, helping to ensure their proper alignment when they come in between the ages of 6 and 12.

Although the incidence of tooth decay and cavities in young patients has been declining in recent years, there has been a slight increase in cavities for pediatric patients. Early visits to the dentist can enable Dr. Rafat and Dr. Izadi to spot cavities in their early phases when conservative treatment can be most effective, and serve to keep the tooth strong and healthy.

Left untreated, tooth decay in a young patient may eventually lead to the loss of a primary tooth.

Pediatric Dentist vs. Family Dentist

Choosing between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist can be a tough decision. A pediatric dentist is a specialist who only works with children and adolescents. A family dentist sees patients of all ages and is one who can grow with a child into adulthood.

Families in the Hunt Valley area have the convenience and flexibility to see a family dentist and have the entire family treated by the same dentist.

Valley Dental Health provides the dental services a growing family needs to keep everyone smiling!

Pediatric Dentistry What to Expect

Pediatric dentistry visits at Valley Dental Health are personalized for the specific child. Depending on the number and location of teeth as well as the dental health risk of the child, a typical visit may include:

  • Teeth cleaning
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Screening for cavities and gingivitis
  • Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position

Pediatric Dental Concerns

Dental Sealants – Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may use dental sealants to prevent dental cavities in children. Dental sealants are made of bio-compatible materials, forming a protective barrier over teeth. They can be placed in a single visit and offer long lasting protection.

Sports Mouthguard – Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat can make customized sports mouthguards to protect a child’s teeth from injury during sports. A mouthguard generally covers only the upper teeth. However, we can create a mouth guard for the lower jaw if your child wears braces or another fixed dental appliance on his or her lower jaw.

Wisdom Teeth – Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat offer wisdom teeth extraction in the comfort of our Hunt Valley dental office.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

When will my baby's teeth start coming in?

Babies begin the teething process at around 6 months of age to a year. The timing varies between individuals. The first teeth to usually come in are the babies bottom front teeth. You may notice your baby start to go through teething pains around this time. Do not worry, as this is entirely normal.

Why are baby teeth important for my child?

Although your child will lose all of his or her baby teeth they are still a very important part of the body for many reasons. Children begin to learn to speak with baby teeth, so the baby teeth affect the way that people speak as adults. It is also important to use baby teeth to teach your child good oral care practices, so that when their adult teeth come in they understand the importance of cleaning their teeth.

At what age should my child begin using toothpaste?

From being an infant to around the age of 2 babies should have their teeth cleaned with water and a soft brussked toothbrush. Around the age of 2 they should begin to introduce a fluoridated toothpaste. When looking for a toothpaste for your child also look to be sure that it is swallow safe because children are prone to swallow their toothpaste. When toothpaste is first introduced the child should use a very small amount of it on their toothbrush. At the age of three they can increase the amount they use to about the size of a pea.

At what age should I bring my child for the first visit?

The American Dental Association recommends that children see the dentist by their first birthday, or whenever their first teeth have begun to erupt and come in.