When parents hear the term “pediatric dentist,” many think it’s a dentist that only treats very young children, but this is just partially true. As a certified pediatric specialist, Dr. Podray-Donovan is able to treat children of all ages, from infancy all the way to age 18. This means whether your child has just gotten their first tooth, is already in school, or is just about to graduate, they can come to Village Pediatric Dentistry to get the dedicated and personalized care they deserve.
We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment right after their first little teeth appear, or no later than their first birthday. This will allow us to make sure their dental development is starting on the right foot, plus we’ll be able to give you tips on how to take care of their growing smile. Before they have teeth, you should clean their gums with a fresh rag and some water after every feeding and snack.
Any parent with a toddler will tell you that children don’t go from crawling to walking, but rather from crawling straight to running. Thankfully, our team has plenty of energy and can help children during this crucial stage of dental growth when most of their primary (or baby) teeth will be coming in. We’ll work to keep them safe from decay at their appointments, and we’ll also start teaching them about taking care of their smile at home so they can form good dental habits as early as possible.
By this point, many children are spending a lot of time away from home at school, so their smile matters more than ever as they try to make friends and become accepted among their peers. In addition to providing routine checkups and cleanings, we’ll also keep a close eye on the alignment of your child’s teeth. That way, should they require any type of orthodontic care, we can start it without delay. Early intervention will shorten your child’s overall treatment time and help them achieve a perfectly straight smile as soon as possible.
Even though many teens think of themselves as adults, their mouths and teeth are still growing and changing quite rapidly, so they can benefit from seeing a pediatric specialist. At this age, most if not all of the adult teeth have come in, so our mission is to preserve them as well as make sure a child has all the tools they need to practice sufficient oral hygiene at home. We can also provide discreet orthodontic treatment in the form of Invisalign to help with any crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth.
As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Podray-Donovan has received dedicated training focused on treating children with various mental, physical, behavioral, and sensory special needs. She’s always happy to work with parents to ensure their child can get the care they need both in the dental office and at home. Our entire team is willing to make accommodations to ensure a productive and stress-free visit for both you and your child, so if you have a special smile at home, we encourage you to give us a call and let us know what we can do to make their appointment as easy as possible.