Scott H. Leaf Pediatric Dentistry, Burke, Northern Virginia

What We Do

Pediatric Dentistry

What is a pediatric dentist and how do they differ from "regular dentists"?  A pediatric dentist is a specialist who is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen-age years. During this "growth" phase of a child, special approaches are needed in dealing with their behavior, and guiding their dental growth and development to minimize or avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet those needs.

This specialty recognizes the many changes children go through during their developmental growth phases. No teeth, to baby teeth, to losing teeth, to permanent teeth, this typically occurs in about the first 12-14 years. That is a lot of change, and pediatric dentists are trained to provide the care necessary to ensure your child passes through these phases in life and enters adulthood with a strong, healthy mouth.

Did you know pediatric dentists have an additional two years of training to acquaint them with the special needs and remedies available to children?  In addition to learning the most up-to-date treatments available for a wide variety of children's dental problems, they learn how to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable about the treatment they are receiving, and to make the experience pleasant, and not fearful!

This is why many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist for their child's dental needs, just as they choose a pediatrician for their medical needs.