Infant Oral Care

Little Teeth, Big Smiles - Pediatric Dentist in Arlington, VA

Dr. Peter along with the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend a baby's first dental visit as soon as their first tooth erupts or by age 1, whichever is sooner. With a friendly atmosphere and years of experience, we will guide you and your child to a strong start for perfect oral health.

Your First Visit

During your first visit to VK Pediatric Dentistry, we will introduce your child to our staff and our office so they can get used to the new surroundings. Our team will have a one on one conversation with you and make sure you have the knowledge, skills, tips and tricks to achieve perfect dental health for your little one moving forward. We will gently clean your baby's mouth and gums and give a short oral exam while they are comfortably lying in your lap. During this conversation, we will discuss diet, habits, hygiene, developmental milestones, what's normal and what's not. You'll leave the office with a wealth of new information and be equipped and empowered to help your child achieve a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.

Fluoride Treatment for Infants

Topical fluoride is incredibly effective, fast, and safe to protect your baby's teeth from cavities. This natural mineral strengthens their developing tooth enamel and makes their teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities and decay. We use a small brush to apply fluoride in a thin layer which will stay on the teeth for several hours. The fluoride we use is BPA-Free and certified free of allergies to nuts, dairy and dye.

Habits - Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Use

Thumb-sucking and pacifier use can often soothe and comfort an infant. While these are both normal during development, they can cause problems if they continue after teeth start to come in. Our team at VK Pediatric Dentistry is highly trained at evaluating changes in the smile and bite, and have many tips and tricks to help your baby break these habits as early as possible. We understand that this can be a tough habit to break and we will work with you until we find a solution that works for you and your loved ones!