Forest Hill Office: (804) 330.0508

Pediatric Dentistry

Why a pediatric dentist is a good choice for your child.

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. Dr. North has completed a specific pediatric dentistry residency program and hands-on experience that prepares all pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. North also has experience working with children having special needs.

Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene. Dr. North follows the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and will recommend X-rays only when necessary to protect your child’s dental health. As a specialist, Dr. North will discuss the need for X-rays before any are taken.

We offer:

• Preventative Care
• Restorative Care with Nitrous Oxide
• Restorative Care with General Anesthesia
• Habit Treatment
• Sports Mouthguard Fabrication
• Emergency Care

We know our parents are very busy and that it why you will love learning that we cater to your child by offering specialized dentistry for kids as well as orthodontics at one convenient location! We are experts in dentistry for children and we are committed to helping children and teenagers achieve their best oral health. Our goal is to create a family-oriented, fun-filled environment where everyone feels at home while providing the highest level of care. We offer advanced procedures, including the option of in-house general anesthesia, to ensure that every patient achieves a healthy and beautiful smile. At or around age 7, Dr. North may suggest one of our orthodontic specialists provide an orthodontic screening at no charge to our patients

How can I help my child enjoy good dental health?

The following steps will help your child be part of the cavity-free generation:

  1. Beware of frequent snacking
  2. Brush effectively twice a day with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts (A smear amount for children under 3 years old; a pea-sized amount for children 3-6 years old)
  3. Floss once a day
  4. Have sealants applied when appropriate
  5. Seek regular dental check-ups
  6. Assure proper fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products or fluoride supplements