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Pediatric Dentistry services offered in Richmond, VA

The staff at Dr. Whyte Smile in Richmond, Virginia, enjoys working with people of all ages, but the youngest members of the practice family hold a special place in the heart of Michael Whyte, DDS, and his team. Pediatric dentistry is a big part of the practice, allowing Richmond residents to secure top-quality care for all members of the family. Schedule a pediatric visit today online or over the phone.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing the dental needs of children. Little ones should begin seeing a dentist as soon as those first teeth begin emerging, and starting at a young age helps set your child up for a lifetime of great dental health. 

These early visits teach parents how to care for their child’s teeth and help them learn proper brushing and flossing habits as they grow older. They’re also an opportunity to check for signs of decay, gum disease, and misalignment, enabling early interventions.

What kinds of pediatric dental services are available?

Routine dental exams are the foundation of pediatric dentistry. During these appointments, your child’s practitioner checks teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of concern.

A professional cleaning follows to remove all traces of plaque. For many kids, this is the best part of the visit, and it keeps their teeth feeling smooth and looking great.

Additional pediatric dental treatment options include:

  • Fillings
  • Protective dental crowns
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Space maintainers

The team at Dr. Whyte Smile has the experience and training to meet all pediatric dental care needs, including services for those with special needs or developmental delays.  

How can I help my child with dental anxiety?

The best way to prevent dental anxiety is to come in for routine dental exams from the time your child is a baby. This allows them to build a trusting bond with their dental care team and to view their dental check-ups as a fun and stress-free experience.

If your child is fearful of going to the dentist, try bringing them in during your own dental exam. When they see that Mom or Dad enjoys a visit to Dr. Whyte Smile, they may feel more confident about their own appointments.

There are also many books written for various ages that focus on presenting dental visits in a positive light. Reading these stories together is a great way to help kids move beyond dental anxiety.

Scheduling a pediatric visit is as easy as a phone call or a few minutes on the online booking page. Early and late appointment slots allow kids to get the care they need outside of school and work hours.