Pediatric Dentist

Easy Dental Care

Pediatric Dentists & Family Dentists located in Gainesville, VA

When kids have positive experiences visiting the dentist at a young age, they’re more likely to follow good oral hygiene practices well into adulthood. For exceptional pediatric dentistry services in Gainesville, Virginia, families turn to Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, at Easy Dental Care. The dentists take extra time and patience to treat each young patient, ensuring their comfort and gaining their trust. They welcome children of all ages, including those with special needs. Call or click to schedule an appointment.

Pediatric Dentist

How is pediatric dentistry different than general dentistry?

At Easy Dental Care, the primary focus of pediatric dentistry is to provide your child with the best oral health care available. Dr. Merdad believes that every child is unique and should have a personalized, positive experience at every dental visit. Dr. Merdad’s extensive education and training as a pediatric dentist allow him to provide exceptionally gentle, comprehensive care in a way that children find less intimidating than perhaps a general dentist.

Pediatric dentistry services focus on forming or breaking any habits that may affect your child’s oral health. Dr. Merdad may also discuss nutritional choices that are beneficial to your child’s teeth and gums.

The team at Easy Dental Care also provides:

  • Preventive oral care for developing teeth
  • Restorative pediatric dentistry services to fill cavities or replace a damaged tooth
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Oral conscious sedation
  • General anesthesia

The overall focus of pediatric dentistry is keeping your child relaxed and safe during every dental procedure.

What happens during a pediatric dental cleaning?

During a pediatric dental cleaning, the hygienist cleans your child’s teeth and evaluates any areas of tooth decay or gum problems. The team may take X-rays of your child’s mouth to get a complete picture of their oral health. The team also examines your child’s teeth and may recommend a sealant or a fluoride treatment to minimize the risk of tooth decay.

Additionally, Dr. Merdad performs any diagnostic tests your child may need to keep their baby teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Diagnosing and treating any problems early can help reduce the need for future, more complex dental work.

When should children have their first dental exam?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, children should have their first pediatric dental exam after they get their first tooth, and no later than their first birthday. If there are no areas of concern, you should continue to schedule regular, six-month checkups so Dr. Merdad and the team can monitor your child’s dental development and oral health. If there is a concern, you may need to schedule more frequent visits, depending on your child’s particular issue and any other overall risk factors that may affect their teeth.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, or to schedule a dental checkup for your child, call the Easy Dental Care office or book online.