Children are very important at the Arlington Smile Center! Healthy habits start very early! To serve the kids we have our very own dentist, Dr. Lupita M. Roca, who loves to works on children. Dr. Lupita thinks you can never start to early. Although, children do not get their first tooth till about 6 months of age, at Arlington Smile Center, we feel that a visit should be as young as a few weeks old. Although, we are not doing any treatment on the child so young, we feel the sooner we can teach the parents information on how to prevent malocclusion and dental decay the family will be off to the best start possible. We will discuss with the parents diet, nursing, bottle feeding and sippy cup preference and of course how to avoid bad oral habits and malocclusion since we now know, crooked teeth is 95% enviromental and 5% inherited.
Why Arlington Smile Center ?
Arlington Smile Center, is different than most dental offices because at Arlington Smile Center, parents are allowed to go back with their child. Many pediatric dental offices do not allow parents to go back with their child. Another distinction that sets us apart from other offices,is that Dr. Roca sees one child at a time, this is unheard of in todays dental office. It is hard to find a dentist that sets aside one full hour to focus on your child's first dental cleaning. Since all parents are quite nervous for their child's first dental visit, rest assured that your child's dental appointment is with Dr. Roca herself, at subsequent check ups, once Dr.Roca feels your child is not scared or hesitant she promotes patients when they are ready to our hygienist. This is our office policy, because we want children to form a bond with Dr. Roca, so that the child know who she is and trusts her. Most other dental clinics see many children at the same time and all are cleaned by hygienists and not the doctor personally. She needs to develop that trust over several visits until she feels that they know that going to the dentist is fun and not scary!
Even though most patients consider Dr. Lupita Roca, a children's specialist, she did not go to dental school to become a pediatric dentist. Instead, she has done extensive training in children's dentistry and is always on top of the latest information regarding children's oral health. Dr Roca decided to become a family dentist since she enjoys all types of dentistry. One thing no one can deny is that Dr. Roca, makes every child feel special using her own unique style.
Many parents say that their two year old will never sit in the dental chair and cooperate, but then Dr. Roca works her magic and 9 out of 10 children, do not shed a tear in her chair.She starts all first visits letting each child touch, feel, hear and play with all the tools that she uses during their first appointment. She lets them choose their favorite flavors of paste and fluoride and of course at the pick out their favorite toothbrush and get a toy from the treasure chest.
Our office is very kid-friendly with lots of toys, video games, books and tv shows to keep kids feeling like they can have fun at the dentist.
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If you or your children want to meet Dr.Lupita Roca . It is a great way for your kids to learn about going to the dentist and reducing the fear of going to the dentist or if you want them to learn some spanish.
The entire video is in Spanish and English since Dr.Roca is a bilingual dentist. Although, Dr. Roca was born in Washington D.C., she is fluent in Spanish and English thanks to her Cuban born parents. In this video, Dr Roca, along with her patient Mariela, introduce many instruments that one would typically see in a dental office. She makes it fun to go to the dentist and will even use words in spanish and english. When you arrive at the office, Dr. Roca will usually only speak English unless your child is in an emersion program if the child speaks spanish at home.
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!!!
1) Why are the primary teeth important?
HEALTH: If your child has poor dental health, your child will have a poorer diet, poorer general health and poorer school attendance.
APPEARANCE: Healthy teeth and smiles build confidence for our children. When children see that they have cavities in their teeth, they tend to shy away from their friends and become more reserved. SPEECH:If your child loses his primary front teeth early, they will struggle to say certain words until their permanent teeth come in.
PREVENTS ORTHODONTICS:The permanent teeth may be unable to come into the right position if the primary teeth are lost prematurely. The second primary molar is not lost until 12-13 years of age.
2) When should my child be seen by a dentist?
Although, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first check, at 6 months, or after the eruption of the first tooth, At Arlington Smile Center, we feel the earlier the better, So bringing your baby in to our office during first few weeks of life will confirm yoy are educated as to the correct oral habits including teething problems, feedings habits, and in general how to prevent cavities and orthodontic problems.
By beginning as early as possible, we can minimize your child?s dental problems. Plus by introducing your child to the dentist when little or no work is needed, leads to a much more positive attitude about dentistry.
3) How can I help prevent my child from getting cavities? You can remove the decay that causes bacteria by helping your child brush their teeth thoroughly everyday. The bacteria that grow on the teeth forms a white, creamy material called plaque. Your child may be brushing, but he still may not be removing the plaque from his teeth. The bacteria use the food on the teeth, especially sugars to make an acid, which eventually causes a hole or cavity in the tooth. You can prevent dental decay by limiting sweet foods with a meal. The tooth can be made less susceptible to decay by the use of fluorides. This makes the tooth more resistant to decay. In addition, the use of sealants bonded to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can also prevent decay in these susceptible areas.
) My child does not like milk. Will this make his teeth weaker?
No. Calcium is one of the things needed to form good tooth structure. Your child can receive calcium from many other foods such as cheese, almonds, and eggs. Milk does have sugar in it. If allowed to remain on the teeth, such as a night bottle, it will act like sugar and cause cavities.
5) Why does my child need radiographs (x-rays)? It is our obligation as pediatric dentists to give your child the very best in dental care. In order to accomplish this, we must use x-rays.Most offices today, including ours, have digital x-rays in their office. With the use of radiographs we can see the condition, size, and eruption path of the permanent teeth under the primary teeth.
6) What is a stainless steel crown?
This crown is a tooth shaped silver cap that protects the tooth when the tooth can no longer hold the usual filling. This crown is cemented to place and comes out when the primary teeth is ready to be lost.
7) What is a space maintainer?
One of the most important reasons for maintaining the primary teeth is that they hold the space open for the permanent teeth that will replace them. If a primary tooth is lost early, the other teeth next to the open space will close off the vacancy. The permanent teeth underneath the gum will be blocked out and this will result in an orthodontic problem. This usually stays in place until the permanent tooth comes in its proper position.