Pediatric Dentistry

Specialized Dental Care For Children at Every Age

 

Pediatric Dentistry for i2m Kid

We understand that good oral hygiene is just as integral to your child’s well-being and happiness as their physical health. We are happy to actively monitor and manage your child’s dental care from a young age so that you can safeguard their oral environment from potential concerns such as tooth decay, gum disease, teething issues, crooked bites, and prolonged thumb sucking. We are committed to focus on habit-building and education. We encourage all parents to ensure that their children’s teeth remain strong, healthy, and beautiful as they grow from infancy to adolescence all the way to adulthood.

Dr. Pallavi Sinha has been an active member of the community since 2013. Being a mother herself, she knows personally the importance of pediatric dental care, which is why here, at i2m Dental, kid-friendly dentists strive to help your child achieve and maintain a healthy and confident smile for a lifetime.

Our pediatric dentists in Hyattsville, MD are here to provide you with the tools and expertise you need to enable optimal oral development for your child through the years. As trained specialists, they understand how to assess and treat young patients based on their age, psychology, and current stage of dental maturity.

Your child will feel comfortable and at ease in our kid-friendly office environment with 2 (two) playrooms that are designed to make your child feel relaxed and have a rewarding experience. We are your "children dentist". Will you let your child be an "i2m Kid"?

To ensure a healthy smile throughout childhood and on to adulthood, our dental services include:

  • Regular check-ups

  • Sealants

  • Non-toxic tooth colored fillings

  • Extraction

  • Education on good oral hygiene habits

  • Sports Mouth Guards   

WHAT TO EXPECT AT MY CHILD'S FIRST VISIT?

 

At i2m Dental, our kid-friendly dentists like to make your child's first experience at our office to be positive and comfortable. Your child's first check-up will include a thorough exam of the mouth and teeth with may include Radiography (X-Rays), Exam, Cleaning, and Fluoride. See your "pediatric dentist near me" i.e. Dr. Pallavi Sinha to learn more about the care you want for your young ones.

All it takes is a good oral hygiene habit and a visit to your dentist at i2m Dental every 6 months.

 

Additional topics to be added soon: Sealants, Fillings, Fluoride, Extraction, Braces, Habit Correction Appliances, Pulpotomy

Why You Need a Children’s Dentist?

  • Our kid’s dentists in Hyattsville, MD understand how children’s teeth and facial structure grow and develop over time, and they can identify any emerging oral health concerns as soon as possible.

 

  • Our pediatric dentists emphasize preventative care, and they will work with you to keep your child cavity-free through both in-clinic treatments and at-home recommendations.

 

  • Our clinics in Hyattsville and Maryland are stocked with purpose-built equipment for children. These smaller-sized tools ensure a more comprehensive and effective dental treatment for infants and toddlers.

  • Our pediatric dentist’s in Hyattsville, MD have years of experience treating children of all ages. They know how to make young patients feel comfortable during their first visits to the clinic, and they can communicate the concepts behind good oral hygiene in a way that even toddlers child can grasp easily.

 

These practitioners use everything from toys and stickers to fun games to keep your child engaged and calm through each appointment. One positive experience can be the foundation for a lifetime of positive dental health.

 

Relieving Your Child’s Anxiety Before a Dental Visit

Before you take your child to a local dentist for kids Silver Spring, MD, we recommend that you mentally and emotionally prepare them for the potential anxiety that may arise from this new environment. The more relaxed your child is, the more likely they are to come away from their pediatric dentist visit with positive associations that will help to prevent any tantrums or tears during subsequent appointments.

  1. Practice good oral habits in front of your child and make sure to stress the importance of oral health every day so that the child is aware of how important brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups are.

  2. Explain what the pediatric dentist does in as positive terms as possible. Emphasize the fact that they are helping to keep the child’s teeth strong and healthy. Avoid negative phrases like surgery, drill, or pain.

  3. Arrange a practice appointment with one of our pediatric practitioners. The dentist can show your child around the office, get them acquainted with some tools, and help to set them at ease in an unfamiliar environment.

  4. Show your child a positive video or story about a dental visit so they are aware of how the checkup will work, and the potential benefits.

  5. Bring along a stuffed animal, toy, or book that your child enjoys so that they feel secure in the clinical setting.

 

Our Pediatric Dental Services

Regular Check-Ups

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that parents take their children for an initial checkup around 6 months after the emergence of the child’s first tooth. Any signs of cavity or decay that emerge at this early stage can be a key indicator for dental problems that could affect your child in the long-term. By taking your child to see specialists who practice dentistry for children in Hyattsville, MD, you can ensure that these risk factors are resolved while they are their most treatable.

Dental Check-Up for Infants

The pediatric dentist will:

  • Talk to you about your child’s general health, diet, and any concerns you have regarding their oral development.

  • Assess the risk of childhood caries based on the mother’s oral health history. Provide proactive intervention where a child is determined to be high-risk.

  • Evaluate your child’s oral environment for sores and bumps that can show up on the cheeks, gums, and tongue.

  • Carefully clean your child’s gums and any present teeth using a small soft-bristled brush or gauze cloth.

  • Talk you through the proper procedure for an at-home dental cleaning, so that you can keep your child’s gums and teeth free of bacterial build-ups and cavities.

  • Assess your child’s fluoride intake and determine whether further supplements are needed to safeguard their oral health.

Dental Check-Up for Toddlers and School-Age Children

At this stage, you should take your child for pediatric dental check-ups at least once every six months, though more frequent visits may be required depending on the patient.

During these appointments the pediatric dentist will:

  • Evaluate your child’s overall health, diet, and oral condition and compare the results against established patient history. Any adverse changes will be noted and communicated so that you can work with the dentist to resolve them effectively.

 

  • Take a dental X-ray to gain a comprehensive picture of your child’s current oral environment. Additional diagnostics may be required depending on the results of this test.

 

  • Look for evidence of malocclusions in your child’s bite that may require pre-orthodontic treatment including correcting mouthpieces. If your child is old enough, then our pediatric dentist may recommend direct orthodontic treatments such as braces instead.

 

  • Identify tooth decay and repair cavities.

 

  • Talk you and your child about any habits which could adversely impact your child’s long-term oral health such as tooth grinding, nail-biting, and thumb sucking. The pediatric dentist will offer tips and recommendations to help curb these behaviors. If bad habits persist, then the dentist can provide mouth guards and other interventions to discourage them.

 

Sealants

 

Baby teeth are particularly susceptible to tooth decay, as they lack the hard enamel coating which protects adult teeth from plaque and cavities.

Unchecked bacterial growth in these primary teeth can eventually lead to infections in the underlying gum and bone matter. These infections are extremely painful and can cause premature tooth loss, which in turn affects the development of enamel for the child’s adult teeth. In worst case scenarios, the adult tooth may not emerge at all without further orthodontic intervention. 

The most likely location for such an infection is the chewing surfaces of the rear molars. Unlike other tooth surfaces, these areas are characterized by so-called pits and fissures that are prone to accumulating food particles and bacteria. They are also more difficult to reach with conventional toothbrushes or topical fluorides.

In order to protect these vulnerable regions of the mouth, our experienced kid's dentist in Hyattsville, MD, may recommend the application of a sealant.

What Is a Sealant?

 

Sealants are made from a resin-like material, which is applied to the exterior of the teeth. This material effectively bonds with the tooth’s rough surfaces and creates a protective shield that prevents bacteria and plaque from penetrating through to your child’s sensitive enamel.

Sealants can be applied as soon as your child’s molars begin to emerge around the age of 6, they can also be used to cover early signs of decay and prevent further deterioration of affected teeth. Early sealant has been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay by up to 80% amongst children.

Sealant Application Process

 

  • Targeted teeth are examined closely and cleaned. Any early indications of decay are gently removed.

  • Each tooth is carefully dried a covering material is applied to keep these surfaces free from saliva.

  • A mild acid is applied to the chewing surfaces to roughen them and allow easy application of the sealant. 

  • The teeth are rinsed and dried again.

  • The sealant is painted onto the teeth enamel in a liquid form, it hardens within minutes.

  • Once applied the sealant can last for several years with regular maintenance.

Non-Toxic Tooth Colored Fillings

After our pediatric dentist has removed present cavities from your child’s teeth, they will apply a dental filling to protect the sensitive dentine from further decay and restore the affected tooth back to full functionality.

While dental fillings are traditionally made from an amalgam metal, this material is sensitive to temperature and may crack as a result of sudden heat of coldness. Amalgam fillings also disrupt the natural aesthetics of your child’s teeth. Over time, they will darken with prolonged exposure to mouth acids and may even cause subtle staining to the teeth.

Some parents have expressed concerns about the mercury content in these fillings. While the ADA has confirmed that amalgam fillings are completely safe for use, many of parents that come to our clinic still prefer a non-toxic alternative.

Our pediatric dentists in Hyattsville, MD can deliver on your need with two non-toxic tooth-colored dental fillings.

  • A composite resin filling made from a chemically safe mixture of plastic and glass.

  • High-quality ceramic fillings that closely mimic the translucence and reflectiveness of natural teeth.

  • These durable, non-toxic fillings integrate seamlessly into the oral environment and produce a completely natural-looking smile without any side effects. 

 
 
 

Dental Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that bonds naturally to the calcium and phosphate in the teeth. As a result, it helps to strengthen the tooth enamel against bacterial build-ups, plaque, sugars, and acids. Studies have shown that regular fluoride intake can help to reduce incidences of cavities by up to 66%, and may even reverse early signs of tooth decay in some patients. When combined with other preventative treatments such as sealants, fluoride can form an extremely effective barrier against both childhood and adult cavities.

During a regular dental check-up, our pediatric dentist may recommend topical fluoride applications or fluoride supplements to strengthen your child’s teeth. These can be especially helpful if your local water supply is fluoride-deficient, or if your child is at a higher risk of developing cavities.

Fluoride Application

 

Topical fluoride applications come in the form of a varnish which can be applied directly to the tooth enamel. This liquid contains tiny concentrated amounts of fluoride and provides effective protection against cavities.

The fluoride varnish is brushed onto the teeth after a thorough cleaning and hardens within minutes. This simple application can be repeated 2-4 times a year for optimal protection.

Fluoride varnish is extremely safe and poses no risk to your child.

Tooth Extraction

Although our pediatric dentists aim to ensure that your child’s primary teeth remain intact until the adult teeth have fully emerged, in certain instances a premature extraction is the safer option for your child’s overall oral health.

If your child’s tooth is:

  • Badly decayed.

  • Damaged due to severe injury or trauma.

  • Crowding the healthy formation of adult teeth.

  • Causing malocclusions in the child’s bite.

  • Preventing the effective application of pediatric orthodontics such as braces.

 

Then the dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.

We understand that can be an anxious procedure for both children and parents alike, and our pediatric dentists in Hyattsville, MD, make every effort to ensure that their young patients are comfortable, pain-free, and calm during the entire process.

  • The pediatric dentist will talk you through the extraction process in depth, and work to ease any anxieties that you or your child may have.

  • They will apply localized anesthetic to ensure a completely pain-free extraction.

  • They will provide ongoing aftercare to ensure that your child’s extraction site heals completely and that they are not experiencing any discomfort after treatment.  

 

Sports Mouth Guards

We understand that consistent physical activity is essential to your child’s overall health, but intensive sports, such as basketball, football, soccer, gymnastics, skateboarding, and ice hockey can pose a risk of facial injuries that could substantially harm your child’s oral health.

Our dentist for kids in Silver Spring, MD want to ensure that your child is able to participate in all the sports they love without worrying about split lips, chipped teeth, broken braces, and soft tissue lacerations.

We can provide your child with a range of protective products that are designed to shield their oral environment from direct and indirect impacts while working to support the head from the concussive blows sustained during high-intensity activities.

We offer, three types of sport mouth guards:

  • Stock guards - these come in pre-set sizes. Because they are not molded to your child’s specific dental structure they must be actively clenched to ensure that they stay in position during sports activities. However, they do provide good protection to both the mouth and the head.

 

  • Boil and Bite Mouth Guards – These are self-administered mouth guards. The child or parent must heat the thermoplastic guard material in hot water. It is then molded to the child’s dental structure through bite pressure and manual adjustment using the fingers. Although these mouth guards are more closely fitted than off-the-shelf protectors, they still do not offer full coverage.

 

  • Custom Mouth Guards – These custom-designed guards are personally crafted by your pediatric dentist. First, we will take a full impression of your child’s teeth, which is used to create a complete mold of their dental structure. The guard is then closely fitted to this mold to ensure a perfect fit. Custom-designed guards are more durable and comfortable than stock counterparts and they offer more comprehensive protection during sporting activities. 

 
 
 

Hyattsville, MD

Hyattsville, MD 20782 

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Silver Spring, MD

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