Nothing is more important than your child’s health, and here at Britto Children’s Dentistry, we are committed to providing your child with high-quality care that meets their needs. We are also dedicated to making your child’s experience at the dental office positive and comfortable so that they can receive the treatments they need without fear or anxiety. Your child’s health, comfort and well-being are always our top priority.

Seeing a pediatric dentist is one of the best ways to keep your child’s mouth healthy and encourage them to learn and use good oral habits throughout their life. Here are a few things to consider when you are choosing a pediatric dentist for your child:

Know the Difference Between a Pediatric and Family Dentist
Family dentists are general dentists and provide care for patients of all ages. Pediatric dentists are specialists and complete at least two years of additional training to work exclusively with children.

Research Pediatric Dentists in Your Area
Check the qualifications and experience of the pediatric dentists near you. We also recommend looking at their location, office hours, and whether or not they accept your insurance. You can often find this information online or by making a quick call to the front desk at that office.

Ask for Recommendations and Read Reviews
Read reviews to see how other patients of that pediatric dentist have felt about their experiences. You may also consider asking friends, family members and coworkers for recommendations.

Schedule an Initial Consultation
Scheduling an initial consultation helps introduce your child to a dental office without the pressure of receiving treatment. Your child can have a chance to meet their future dentist and realize that visiting the dental office is not a scary event. This initial consultation visit is also a good opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns.

Make Sure the Atmosphere and the Team Is Kid-Friendly
Look for an environment that is inviting to children, such as an office that has happy and fun decor. A positive environment goes a long way in helping your child feel comfortable. You can also check out the office online — most pediatric dental websites reflect the overall feeling of the office, and in many cases, they include photos of the office so you can see what it looks like.

During the initial consultation visit, also pay attention to how the dentist and each team member interact with your child. Do they use words and phrases to help your child understand? Do they speak to your child with care and understanding? Does your child feel comfortable? Are they treated like an individual and not just a patient?

Is Preventive Treatment a Priority?
A good pediatric dentist knows that prevention is key to a healthy mouth and smile. Make sure your child’s dentist prioritizes preventive care and offers treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants to help your child avoid cavities.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your child’s initial consultation with Dr. Mala Britto, our friendly pediatric dentist in Chantilly and Woodbridge, Virginia, please contact us today at 703-230-1000.