Going to the dentist can be an anxiety-producing event for many, especially for children. However, it doesn’t have to be. At Chino Spectrum Dental, patients can rest easy knowing that the number one priority is their well-being.
Chino Spectrum Dental is powered by a team of women trained to provide patients both new and old with comprehensive dental care. The staff includes Jessica Poulter, Registered Dental Hygienist, Lety Duran, Office Administrator and Registered Dental Assistant, Elena Laurel, Dental Assistant, Yajaira Morales, Dental Assistant and owner Dr. Fenny Virgin, DDS, who began as a dentist in Indonesia in 1992, and moved to the United States in 2001 to continue dentistry. Chino Spectrum Dental has been serving the Chino Valley since 1989, and Dr. Fenny Virgin has owned the practice since 2015.
Their office provides a wide range of services including cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dentures, Invisalign, root canals, teeth whitening, and more. One thing that Dr. Fenny prides herself in is having a family-like care towards patients. While she says she has seen patients afraid to come into the office for a visit or had negative dentist experiences in the past, she feels a sense of pride when they tell her they can be at ease with her and her staff.
Chino Spectrum Dental has a philosophy that sets them apart from other dentist offices in the area.
“When I worked for a big corporate office, they treated patients like a number,” Virgin says. “But in my office, no, I don't want people to feel that way because that’s not how we are, and I share that philosophy with my staff.”
Dr. Fenny Virgin says she would love to see more children in her office, offers tips on how to maintain children’s dental health and provides guidelines.
Tip 1: Getting children into their first dental appointment
A first visit for children should be in infancy, at 12 months or 6 months after their first teeth come in, Virgin says. Dental health should begin before the first dentist visit, by cleaning gums. When teeth come in, parents should help in dental care by using a baby toothbrush or gauze to brush teeth.
Tip 2: Develop a regular brushing schedule
Children who can brush on their own should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Additionally, children should be rinsing their mouth out with water after eating sweet snacks, Virgin says. Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth, and more prone to cavities. Rinsing after having sugary snacks can help prevent cavities from developing.
Tip 3: Make flossing accessible for children
Virgin says that flossing is important for all ages, but because string floss can be difficult for children to use, she recommends that children use floss picks first, especially ones designed for children's hands that can be found in stores. While teaching kids to floss may be challenging at first, it is an important step in their dental health and must be practiced over time.
These tips are just a few ways to guide children in their dental hygiene. Chino Spectrum Dental serves patients of all ages, and can help parents and loved ones stay involved in building healthy habits for their future.
“When I worked for a big corporate office, they treated patients like a number. In my office, I don't want people to feel that way."