We are SMILING today as we share a guest blog by Dr Avionne Hill for Children’s Dental Health Month.
One of the specialties provided at Rose Park Pediatric Dentistry is tongue tie and lip tie laser revision, or frenectomy. This can be a simple, but often necessary procedure for some newborns if the tongue or lip tie is causing restrictions making it more difficult for the newborn to remove milk from the mothers’ breast. We encourage all our clients to be evaluated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant if they are concerns their baby isn’t getting enough milk. Whether the mother is breastfeeding , formula feeding, or combo feeding, a tongue or lip tie which goes uncorrected can contribute to later concerns such as cavities, reflux, and speech problems later in life.
February is children’s Dental Health Month.
This month is dedicated to focusing the spotlight on the dental health of children and the important role it plays in their overall health.
One of my favorite highlights as a pediatric dentist is witnessing the joy, the relief, the gratefulness I see in parents who have had a first successful dental visit with their baby.
For many parents the anticipation leading up to their child’s first visit can be stressful. Many times this may be heightened by their own past dental experiences. At Rose Park Pediatric Dentistry we consider the facts and documented statistics regarding childhood cavities. Even though it is a preventable condition, cavities in children remains one of the most common childhood diseases.
The current recommendations of both the Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry, collectively advise parents to seek dental care for their baby by the time their first tooth arrives and no later than their first birthday. Understanding this, is the reason why we form a partnership with our families to focus on early intervention to aid in the prevention of cavities. We make every effort to make sure our parents and their little ones feel at ease before and during their visits with us.
Though a child’s full complement of baby teeth may not be present in their mouth by their first birthday, it is important to educate parents on how to properly care for these teeth. We also give parents tips on how to brush their baby’s teeth effectively and safely as more teeth erupt into their child’s mouth. We understand that brushing a young child’s teeth can be challenging and we give parents helpful tips and techniques to help them be successful.
During your visit with us at Rose Park Pediatric Dentistry your child’s diet will be discussed . We will examine your baby’s teeth, gums and oral cavity to check for cavities and discuss any concerns you may have. We will also make toothbrush and toothpaste recommendations suited for your baby.
February, is Children’s Dental Heath Month, which is a great time to visit us at Rose Park Pediatric Dentistry and start your baby on a lifetime of healthy smiles. We look forward to seeing you.
Dr Avionne Hill
Washingtonian Top Pediatric Dentist
More on Dr. Avionne Hill
Dr Hill is a Washingtonian top pediatric dentist and has been listed in every top dentist Issue of the Washingtonian Magazine since 2013 . She was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and migrated to Northwest Washington D.C. to further her education .
She received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland Dental School . She then completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Howard University College of Dentistry .
At Rose Park Pediatric dentistry she surgically releases soft tissue oral restrictions (tongue ties) with compassionate care to infants, young children and teenagers to aid them in feeding , eating and speaking .
She is devoted to educating parents and other health providers about the effects that oral restrictions (tongue ties )can have on infants and children. These effects can last well into adulthood if not diagnosed and treated at an early age .
Rose Park Pediatric dentistry also provides preventative dental services and interceptive orthodontic treatment to children and teenagers. Dr Hill has the advantage of recognizing early dental and orthodontic problems in children and teenagers and addresses them as soon problems are identified.
She has furthered her training and continuing education to ensure Rose Park Pediatric Dentistry offers the latest technology and techniques in the field of pediatric dentistry.