Pediatric DentistryAn Overview
As a family dentist, Dr. Melissa Elliott treats patients of all ages, from children to seniors. Fallston families appreciate the flexibility and convenience of being treated in the same dentist office. Dr. Elliott is highly trained to handle a broad range of dental problems from routine teeth cleaning to emergency dental care. Our dentist office provides comprehensive dental procedures for all stages of oral health development.
Preventing Cavities in Children
One of the areas we focus on for children is the prevention and treatment of tooth cavities. According to the American Dental Association, over 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have cavities. While there are many things parents can do to ensure the health of their children’s teeth, one of the best ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay in children can be through regular visits to the dentist and routine dental cleanings.
Our dentist office focuses on educating our young patients about the importance of a consistent oral health care routine at home. Dr. Elliott and our compassionate dental care team will help to teach your children the benefits of oral hygiene. Through early visits to the dentist, we will teach them how to brush and floss effectively and understand how this can help to reduce tooth decay now and in the future. When good habits are developed early, they are most likely to be maintained for the long term. This ensures that your children’s smiles will be healthy for a lifetime.
Pediatric Dentistry What to Expect
Where a pediatric dentist is solely focused on children, our dentist office is family oriented. Our patients and their families appreciate the convenience of flexibility that comes with having their children treated at the same dental office they visit. We encourage parents to bring their children to the dentist early so they will be comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Elliott believes in building a positive dentist-patient bond. Visiting the dentist early on in life can help to make the dentist a positive experience for your children. These early visits help establish and maintain a relationship with the dentist, alleviating the stress and anxiety often associated with dental care.
Educating Parents For Pediatric Dentistry
It is important that parents and guardians set good examples and teach children proper oral hygiene habits early. Good oral health contributes to the overall health of a child, encourages positive self-image, and improves feelings of achievement.
The team at Harford County Dentistry helps parents and guardians by teaching proper pediatric dental care and answering common questions about thumb sucking, tooth decay, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth removal. Parents can do many things to ensure the health of their children’s teeth:
- Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (over age 2)
- Flossing once a day
- Limiting sugary drinks and beverages
- Following recommended guidelines for nursing, bottle and sippy cup use
Schedule An Appointment
We offer pediatric dentistry in Bel Air, MD and surrounding communities. Dr. Melissa Elliott treats patients of all ages. Enjoy the convenience of a family dentist with the experience of a highly trained cosmetic and restorative dentist in a state-of-the-art facility.
Call 410-994-2627 for an appointment or more information or request an appointment online.