A pediatric dental office designed for family life.
Save time with our simple scheduling and online forms.
Schedule your child’s visit with our online booking portal.
Save time by completing your child’s dental patient forms online.
Conveniently make dental payments online.
We accept multiple payment options, including:
- Major credit cards
- In-network AND out-of-network insurance plans
- Insurances we are in network with
- Meritain Health
- Physicians Mutual
- Reliance Standard Life
- Standard Insurance Company
- United Healthcare
We accept many other insurances. Your network may also share a relationship with one of our contracted networks. Please call us to ask about yours.
Our caring Potomac dentists provide the answers you need.
- Should my children see a pediatric dentist or general dentist? Pediatric dentists are to pediatricians as general dentists are to primary care physicians. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training with a focus on childrens’ unique dental care, pediatric sedation, orthodontics, child psychology, and development.
This specialized care helps your child form a positive outlook of the dentist from a young age to prevent dental fear and anxiety in the future. Pediatric dentists exclusively see toddlers, adolescents, and children with special needs.
- Do we have to treat these cavities on baby teeth? Your child won’t be losing these teeth for a long time, and they need to be treated so they don’t progress and affect the adult teeth under them. We can easily treat cavities as soon as they appear.
Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and help make treatment shorter and less complicated in the future. Baby teeth have thinner enamel, so cavities progress quickly and can cause pain and infection.
- When do we start seeing an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. Pediatric dentists also watch for crooked teeth, narrow palates, uneven bites, and will refer your child to an orthodontist if needed.
- When do I start using toothpaste? As soon as the first tooth erupts, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends using a smear or rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Parents can brush their children’s teeth until they are old enough to tie their shoelaces.
- How can I prevent cavities? Regular professional cleanings and fluoride treatments every six months help prevent cavities in kids. Good habits start early, and the dentist can help guide you on the right path with diet and oral hygiene recommendations as well.
- What can we do about teething? To help your child ease teething discomfort, you can use a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator or gently massage the gums.
The FDA recommends staying away from over-the-counter benzocaine gels such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase with children under 2. It can cause methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream is greatly reduced.