Why should I see a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist receives at least two to three additional years of specialty training beyond dental school. Pediatric dentists are the “pediatricians of dentistry” and focus on meeting the behavioral and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special healthcare needs. Our pediatric dentists are committed to helping our young patients create a lifetime of good oral health by providing a positive experience along with the most thorough and effective treatments available.

When to see a pediatric dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend an age of approximately 1 year. This allows our pediatric dental team to carefully evaluate the development of the child’s mouth, introduce parents to proper oral hygiene for child’s teeth and gums and provide or recommend special preventative care for the child.

At what age will my infant get their first tooth?
Children usually get their first tooth on the lower jaw sometime between 6-9 months of age although some children have been known to go beyond this time frame. Be sure to make an appointment to see our pediatric dentist by age 1 to establish a dental home and to determine the baby’s sequence of tooth eruption.

How much toothpaste should I place on my toddlers brush?
Brushing daily will help your child develop good oral hygiene early in life. A ‘smear’ of fluoridated toothpaste for children less than 2 years of age and a ‘pea-size’ amount of toothpaste for children aged 2 through 5 years is recommended. Always encourage children to spit not swallow the toothpaste. Higher than the recommended amounts of toothpaste may discolor the permanent teeth; this discoloration is commonly called fluorosis.

Why do children suck their thumb and when will they stop?
Children are born with a natural sucking reflex. The reflex is important and necessary to begin nursing. Sucking often provides a sense of security and can be relaxing which is why many children suck on thumbs or pacifiers as they fall asleep. According to the American Dental Association, most children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. If your child’s habit has persisted beyond that age, our pediatric dentist can help you assess the situation.


Bon Secours Pediatric Dental Associates
6900 Forest Avenue, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230
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804-893-8715 - Patient Appointments
804-893-8692 - Residency Coordinator
804-285-1292 - Fax
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insurance information

We take most insurance plans including Anthem Accidental Dental, DeCare (Anthem Dental), Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental, MetLife Dental, DentaQuest and Medicare. If a co-payment is required, we collect it at the time of your visit.

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Office hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30am-5pm

In order to provide your child with the best possible care, please bring a list of all your child’s current medications, any up-to-date medical information and your insurance card. If you need to cancel your child’s appointment, please contact us 24 hours in advance.