Children’s Dental Care in Broadway, VA

Early Dental Care for Healthy Kids’ Smiles

Your child’s smile lights up a room, but it starts small with just a few tiny teeth. Keeping those little chompers healthy as your child grows is so important, but it can feel daunting knowing where to start. Have no fear – Broadway Dentistry is here! Our experienced pediatric dentist Dr. Jared Kneib and his compassionate team make dental visits for your smallest family members fun and stress-free. 

We get how nerve-wracking that first appointment can be, for parent and child alike. That’s why we put your concerns first and make preventive care for little smiles our top priority.  If you have questions about finding the best pediatric dental care for your little one or booking their first appointment, don’t hesitate – call Broadway Dentistry today at (540) 896-8151 to speak with our warm and welcoming staff.

Why is Preventive Care Important?

Getting healthy smiles off to the right start with preventive dental care is important to your child’s oral and overall health. Regular cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and early monitoring allow Dr. Kneib to strengthen little teeth and spot potential issues early when they’re easier to treat. This proactive approach reduces the need for extensive fillings or other more invasive interventions later on.

Getting Your Kid Comfortable with the Dentist

We understand that children having some apprehension about that first dental visit is normal. Our kid-friendly office features games, books, rewards programs, and a staff devoted to putting tiny patients at ease. Dr. Kneib explains what he is doing in simple kid terms while providing excellent care. Our goal is to make dental visits something children feel comfortable with rather than fear.

Here are 5 tips for getting kids ready to visit the dentist:

  1. Read books and watch videos about going to the dentist to help familiarize them ahead of time. Seeing the tools and procedures portrayed positively can reduce fear.
  2. Avoid telling scary stories about your own dental experiences so they don’t take on your anxieties. Keep the discussion positive focusing on how the dentist helps your teeth stay healthy.
  3. Role-play dental exams at home, taking turns being the dentist who counts teeth. Make a game of opening wide to check all the teeth.
  4. Consider bringing your child along just to meet Dr. Kneib initially without the expectation of any exam at that first visit. Simply touring the office and meeting the dental staff can help ease apprehension.
  5. Explain what will happen at the appointment in simple terms so your child knows what to expect. Describe how the dentist will count their teeth and brush them to keep away any sugar bugs.

Keeping the discussion lighthearted yet factual and giving your child an idea of what the visit entails makes that first appointment less intimidating. We also welcome parents to accompany their little ones during cleanings and exams if that helps them feel more secure.

Taking Your Kid to the Dentist for the First Time

The American Dental Association advises parents to bring their child in for an initial dental visit by age one, or within six months of the first tooth erupting through the gums. While your baby may have only two to four teeth at this point, an early preventive visit is important.

During your child’s first visit, Dr. Kneib performs a quick exam to count teeth, observe their development, and look for early signs of tooth decay or alignment problems. For infants, this introductory visit focuses more on tooth buds below the gums to ensure everything is developing properly. Dr. Kneib also guides caring for your baby’s new teeth and when to expect other teeth to emerge. He addresses questions or concerns about teething symptoms like excessive drooling or irritated gums.

This first visit lays the foundation for excellent lifelong dental health. It helps your child become comfortable with the dentist early. It also allows Dr. Kneib to monitor growth closely for early intervention if any alignment or tooth issues surface. Annual exams keep your child on track for cavity-free checkups as more teeth erupt!

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Broadway Dentistry: Caring for Smiles Big and Small

Your child’s healthy smile is our top concern. We consider it a true privilege to provide compassionate, thoughtful dental care for little ones, setting them up for a lifetime of excellent oral health. Our kid-friendly office welcomes patients from Broadway, Timberville, Luray, and beyond. 

When you’re ready to schedule your child’s first dental visit, give us a call at (540) 896-8151. Dr. Kneib can’t wait to meet you and evaluate your child’s oral development with the utmost care. Let Broadway Dentistry show your kids that the dentist’s office is a fun, safe place where their smiles are cherished. We promise to make their checkups something to laugh about rather than fear.

Broadway Dentistry

109 N Main St.
Broadway, VA 22815

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