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Pediatric Dentistry in Washington, DC

At University Centre Dental Associates, Dr. Maurice Haynes offers pediatric dentistry as part of his top-notch general dental services for local residents in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County.

What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a specialized form of dentistry that addresses children’s dental needs, such as development, fluoride treatments, and baby teeth care.

When Is the Best Time for My Child’s First Dental Visit?

Usually, you should make an appointment to see a dentist after the first tooth has erupted. At this time, the dentist will make a careful examination of a child’s oral development. Because dental problems can begin early, the sooner an appointment is scheduled, the better. At this time too, the dentist can advise you on preventative care to remedy such issues as baby bottle cavities, gum disease, irritations from teething, and thumb sucking.

When Do Children First Lose Their Baby Teeth?

Children start losing their baby teeth when they are around 4 years old. Usually the front teeth come out first, with the remaining teeth coming out from time to time until a child is 12 or 13 years old. At that time, the child should have all of his permanent teeth.

Why Should Baby Teeth, or Temporary Teeth, Be Filled?

Because baby teeth provide the space for the eruption of permanent teeth, it’s important to repair or fill any teeth with decay as losing that space early may result in orthodontic treatment in the future. In addition, baby teeth that are infected may affect the development of the permanent teeth, causing them to become weaker as a result.

Can Tooth Decay Also Impact Infants?

Infants, too, are affected by tooth decay, with the disease often caused by exposure to sugary liquids. In addition, the decay can even extend to the underlying structure of the bone, which can later affect the permanent teeth when they emerge.

What Kind of Dental Routine Should Children Follow?

Children should brush after meals and floss regularly. Regular fluoride treatments and professional cleanings are also advised. Children should be shown how to brush and floss properly. Have the dentist and his staff demonstrate the proper techniques to your child at his appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Maurice Haynes of University Centre Dental Associates?

Dr. Maurice Haynes stays up-to-date on the newest advances and technologies in the field of dentistry in order to provide his patients with the best care possible. He combines excellent dental services with compassion and is an active member of the American Dental Association.

How Much Does Pediatric Dentistry Cost in Greenbelt, MD?

The cost for pediatric dentistry varies. Please schedule a consultation with University Centre Dental Associates to discuss your particular case.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of pediatric dentistry. Because every policy is different, the staff at University Centre Dental Associates will review your information and help determine the status of your pediatric dentistry coverage.

We provide financing through CareCredit® as an option for any out-of-pocket pediatric dentistry costs you may have. University Centre Dental Associates also offers a variety of payment methods to help make the process easier for our pediatric dentistry patients.

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How Do I Schedule a Consultation?

Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation!The general dental and orthodontic services we offer at University Centre Dental Associates have improved the lives of people from in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve. Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation!

Written by University Centre Dental Associates March 19, 2014