Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Dentistry

We understand that parents and guardians often have questions about pediatric dental care. At Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to provide you with clear and helpful answers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive:

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth appears, whichever comes first. Early visits help in monitoring the child’s oral health development and in educating parents.

We typically recommend that children visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, we may suggest a different schedule based on your child’s specific dental needs.

In case of a dental emergency, call our office immediately. We offer advice over the phone and will make arrangements to see your child as soon as possible.

Yes, dental X-rays are safe. We use modern, low-radiation digital X-rays to minimize exposure. These X-rays are crucial for diagnosing and treating dental issues that aren’t visible during a regular exam.

Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing, are key. Also, a balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks and drinks can significantly reduce the risk of cavities.

Dental sealants are a great preventive measure against cavities, especially for molars. We can assess your child’s teeth and determine if sealants are a good option during their regular dental visit.

We offer various sedation options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation, to ensure your child’s comfort during dental procedures. The appropriate method depends on the child’s needs and the type of treatment.

Talk to your child about the importance of healthy teeth and what to expect at the dentist. A positive attitude can help alleviate any fears. Feel free to visit our office beforehand to familiarize your child with the environment.

If you have other questions not covered here, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team at Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry is always ready to help and provide the information you need for your child’s dental health.

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Meet Dr. Ricardo Perez

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist in Chevy Chase, MD

Dr. Ricardo A. Perez is a proud native of Colombia, a Bethesda resident, and one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Pediatric Dentists for 25 years. With over 35 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Perez follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, offering a legacy of dental excellence. His passion for pediatric dentistry goes beyond the clinic, as he’s often found engaging in community activities and mission trips to help families within our neighborhood and beyond.

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Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry
Office Hours
Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed