Starting to take care of your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums at a young age helps limit their risk of oral disease and tooth decay throughout their pre-teen and teen years. At her Leesburg, Virginia, practice, Dr. Deidra Kokel serves the oral health needs of kids of all ages, including children with special needs. As a trained pediatric dentist, she’s uniquely qualified to provide child dental appliances and perform cleanings and treatments with gentle care suitable for children. If it’s time for your child to start seeing the dentist, call or click today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kokel.
Pediatric dentistry refers to the specialized oral health care of children from infancy through the teen years. Dr. Kokel is a trained pediatric dentist, uniquely qualified to care for the health of your child’s teeth, mouth, and gums during. She uses less intrusive methods for services like X-rays, preventive care, cavity removal, and dental filling placement.
Dr. Kokel strives for no fears and no tears, that is, she aims to make your child’s dental visits something to look forward to.
Dr. Kokel offers a variety of pediatric dentistry services for children, pre-teens, and teens at her practice:
The American Dental Association recommends starting your child’s dental care before their first birthday. Dr. Kokel shows you how to properly care for the gums of babies and toddlers before molars arrive and how to avoid “baby bottle decay.”
Starting at age 3, your child should begin preventive care to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, including gentle, professional cleanings, digital X-rays, and regular checkups.
Dr. Kokel is uniquely trained to treat children with special needs by offering stress-reducing methods, such as making games out of teaching oral hygiene habits. Depending on the case, she may suggest sedation to reduce your child’s stress level.
For your pre-teen or teenager, preventative care, such as regular cleanings and checkups, are vital because these are the years when your kids are more likely to eat a sugary diet.
Dr. Kokel offers a variety dental appliances, such as athletic mouthguards for contact sports, space maintainers in the event of injuries, and special devices to curb the effects of thumbsucking or pacifiers.
The best way to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums is by starting early. Pediatric dentistry helps your child develop good habits (e.g., proper brushing and flossing), and a familiarity with routine dental procedures at a young age. This preventative reduces your child’s risk of developing problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Pediatric dentistry helps your child form a positive association with office visits during their early years. To schedule a dental appointment for your child with Dr. Kokel, call or click today.