Children’s Dentistry – Fairfax, VA

Keeping Kids Smiling

Group of kids smiling together

At Mosaic Smiles, we know just how important it is to keep kids smiling. In fact, many people who avoid visiting the dentist point to a bad experience in their childhood as the reason. When you bring kids to visit us, you can rest assured that they will receive the same high quality dental services we offer to adults with a gentle approach and patience that keeps kids comfortable and completely at ease. Our goal is to help kids establish a positive association with visiting the dentist, so they will always maintain their dental appointments and optimal oral health. If you’re ready to schedule a visit with the caring family dentist and dentistry team at Mosaic Smiles, call our dental office in Fairfax to make your child’s first appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Happens at Children’s Dental Appointments?

Smiling young boy in dental chair

For young children and infants, we will recommend simple exams to ensure teeth are developing properly. These quick, painless appointments are completed with your child in your lap. Once your child is old enough to understand their treatments and communicate concerns, their dental appointments will be a lot like yours. We’ll capture diagnostic images, carefully examine teeth and oral structures, thoroughly clean the smile, and sit down to discuss any areas of concern and plan for treatment. We’ll also help your child understand how to properly brush and floss their teeth at home.

How Can I Prepare My Little One to Visit?

Little girl receiving dental x-rays

Many adults who hate visiting the dentist had bad experiences in the dental office as children, and we strive to create a fun and relaxed environment that will ensure kids look forward to visiting us. You can help our team by providing encouragement for kids at-home. Always use positive language when talking about visiting the dentist. Start a countdown to their appointments or track the number of days in a row kids brush and floss between visits. Whatever you can do to ensure your child feels ready for their visit. If you’re scared or anxious in the dental office, do your best to avoid letting your little ones see your fear. Stay positive, and if necessary, ask another parent, family member, or friend to bring your child to see us.

Can I Help Improve My Child’s At-Home Oral Hygiene?

Little boy flossing teeth

During your child’s dental appointments, our team members will work with them to develop great at-home oral hygiene, but we will definitely rely on you to help us keep them smiling between six month dental checkups. The most important thing you can do is offer positive feedback when kids remember to brush and floss on their own! You should also monitor brushing and flossing for younger patients to ensure they’re doing a good job. If your child is struggling with tooth decay or needs a little extra encouragement to stick with their oral hygiene routine, consider starting an oral hygiene calendar. Give kids a star, checkmark, or sticker for each day they brush and floss. Then, offer them an extra hour of screen time, trip to the park, or other reward for a certain number of days. Basically, make taking care of oral health fun for kids, so they always look forward to visiting our dental office.