Your Child’s Teeth Need Care Too – Child and family dentistry near Washington DC – Alexandria, VA & Oxon Hill, MD

Early childhood dental care is important to identify the presence of one or more infected teeth or gums, missing teeth or filled tooth surfaces in any tooth in a preschool-age child between birth and 71 months of age. The term “Severe Early Childhood Caries” refers to “atypical” or “progressive” or “acute” or “rampant” patterns of dental caries.

Dr. Peter Merai and his team at Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill, near Washington DC, recognizes that early childhood caries is a significant public health problem in selected populations and is also found throughout the general population.

We urge parents near Washington DC, Alexandria VA and Fort Washington, Maryland to recognize that a child’s teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they begin to show. Early childhood caries is an infectious disease. There are many aspects of early childhood caries; baby bottle tooth decay is recognized as one of the more severe manifestations of this syndrome.

Once a child’s first tooth shows thru the gums, we ask that parents and guardians looking for a children’s dentist in the areas of Oxon Hill, Fort Washington, Temple Hills, Clinton, MD, Alexandria, VA and Washington DC., to contact us to schedule the child’s first dental visit. It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs (also known as anticipatory guidance).