We love kids at Hawkins Family Dentistry! In fact, many of our team members have kids of their own, so we know how to treat them as the special people they are. And we embrace the energy and joy they add to our dental home.
We also have many options available when it comes to scheduling appointments. Want everyone seen at the same time to decrease the length of your visit? We’ve got you covered. With two dentists, four hygienists, and three assistants, we can handle numerous simultaneous appointments.
Absolutely! In fact, we strive to provide a pleasant and enjoyable experience to all our pediatric dentistry patients.
Since we understand kids aren’t just small adults, our pediatric dentistry services are tailor-made to fit each child’s unique needs, understanding, and stage of development. But while treatment plans may vary, you can trust it will always include large doses of kind, gentle, patient, and understanding care. We also do our best to add in lots of healthy laughter too.
If your child is one year old, has at least one erupted tooth, or has gone more than six months since seeing a dentist, it’s time to schedule a visit. Feel free to give us a call at (804) 897-9800 or schedule an appointment online.
We offer blankets, pillows, and warm towels to keep them cozy and warm. HDTV, headphones, and earplugs are available to “drown out the dental noises” and keep them distracted. We also have an air purification system to ensure they breathe pure air.
And if your kiddos are exceptionally nervous or anxious, we also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to keep them relaxed and happy.
We care about even the smallest smiles. If your child is at least one year old or the first tooth has erupted, it’s time to see the dentist. After all, it doesn’t take a mouthful of teeth for plaque and bacteria to build up. And the earlier your child sees the dentist, the less likely they will experience decay or disease that could require restorative treatment.
We understand that many of our patients experience dental anxiety and fears, and often this is related to their first dental experience. It makes sense for someone to dislike going to the dentist when their first dental memory is a root canal.
When early visits to the dentist are pleasant and enjoyable and include a positive relationship with the team, children are less likely to experience future worries about dental visits.
At the first appointment, we will do everything we can to make them comfortable with the dental environment. We will go over your child’s medical history, perform a thorough dental examination (which may include digital x-rays), and clean the teeth and gums. The visit will also include oral hygiene education, including homecare, preventing dental accidents, dietary counseling, and what to expect regarding oral development.
After the first visit, your child should return for checkups and cleanings every six months. These appointments will ensure good oral health and allow us to evaluate and track their oral development.
During follow-up checkups, we will continue to provide education regarding good oral hygiene habits. As the child grows, education will gradually include the child in dietary counseling and proper brushing and flossing habits. Our goal is to equip parents and children for a lifetime of good oral and overall health and wellness.
At every visit, our team will continue to take extra measures to keep your child excited about dental visits.
Cavities can be common among children, especially when they don’t understand oral health and hygiene. Therefore, we appreciate that every dental visit without cavities is a big deal.
To honor the efforts of children who maintain good oral health and manage to go without cavities between visits, we created our very cool Cavity Free Club. When your child becomes a part of the club, they are in for some fun perks and special prizes.
But don’t worry if your child doesn’t make it into the club. There’s always the next visit. And since children want to become a member of the club, they will be encouraged to improve their oral hygiene habits.
Even with the best oral hygiene habits, some kids still get cavities. That’s why we believe in fluoride and sealants to give them the best opportunity for good oral health.
When applied to teeth on a routine basis, fluoride strengthens teeth and helps prevent decay. Even though fluoride is found in tap water, foods, and many toothpastes, we believe regular fluoride treatments will give your children a much better chance of being a member of the Cavity Free Club.
Depending on your child’s oral health, fluoride treatments may be applied at each dental visit.
Dental sealants are another excellent tool to promote good oral health. The back teeth (molars) are especially vulnerable to decay, as their crevices and grooves are difficult to clean properly. A sealant is a very thin, smooth coating placed on the surface of back teeth to protect them from decay.
Most sealants will last several years, but we will check the integrity of them with each dental visit. If needed, we will apply new sealants to help keep cavities at bay.
If your child is one year old, has at least one erupted tooth, or has gone more than six months since seeing a dentist, it’s time to schedule a visit. Call Hawkins Family Dentistry at 804-897-9800 today to book an appointment.