Tria Dental Tysons
Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Vienna, VA
A Tip from Your Family Dentist - Dr. Patrick Shine
Great dental hygiene begins with good habits at an early age. Because prevention is one of the best ways to achieve optimum oral health, Dr. Shine and the Tria Dental Tysons team in Tysons Corner and Vienna, Virginia, are passionate about helping patients of all ages develop good dental habits. Together, these highly skilled professionals have more than 40 years of experience keeping teeth healthy. To avoid complications in the future, take care of your teeth now by calling or going online to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.
Dental Hygiene Q & A
What can I expect at a dental hygiene appointment?
A typical visit with a trained dental hygienist involves an oral exam, cancer screening, professional teeth cleaning, and possibly X-rays. The caring team at Tria Dental Tysons welcomes you into their office so you feel at ease in their state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Before beginning the exam, one of the skilled and personable hygienists talks to you about any oral health concerns you have and update your medical records.
Next, the hygienist meticulously cleans your teeth and examines the overall health of your mouth. This includes teeth polishing, flossing, assessing gum health, and an oral exam. All of the hygienists at Tria Dental Tysons pay close attention to each patient’s comfort, ensuring that adults and children alike feel comfortable and relaxed during the cleaning.
Then, Dr. Shine examines your teeth and gums, consulting with the hygienist regarding any past or future restorative work such as fillings, crowns, or dental implants. He assesses your oral health and may recommend corrective options or additional preventive treatments to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
Why does dental hygiene matter?
In addition to whiter teeth and fresh breath, good dental hygiene can make a big difference in your overall health. Medical experts link periodontal (gum) disease to an increased risk of heart disease. Surprisingly, men and women with advanced periodontal disease have twice the risk of suffering a heart attack than adults who have healthy teeth and gums. That’s reason enough to get your teeth cleaned on a regular basis.
Preventive care that involves visiting a dental hygienist and yearly oral exams can detect oral cancer before you have symptoms. Dr. Shine and the Tria Dental Tysons experts are trained to carefully inspect your gums, tongue, lips, and mouth for any suspicious changes. You may not feel any symptoms from a small discolored patch in your mouth, but to Dr. Shine, it may be cause for concern. Early detection of abnormalities is crucial to a positive outcome.
How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?
At the very least, most dentists agree that children and adults with no significant risk factors should have plaque and tartar professionally removed from their teeth once a year. However, more than half of all Americans have one or more risk factors. That means you should have two professional dental cleanings and oral exams each year.
The Tria Dental Tysons team believes it’s never too late to have better dental hygiene. For a complete assessment of your oral health and a professional cleaning, call or schedule an appointment online today.
What treatments are included in pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry offers young patients comprehensive oral health treatments and preventive care that is similar to the type of care their parents receive from a general dentist. This includes:
- Infant oral health exams
- Fluoride treatments
- Cavity treatment and fillings
- Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases
- Treatment of dental injuries (broken or knocked-out teeth)
Specific to children’s oral health, pediatric dentists may also recommend nutrition and dietary changes, or counseling for habits such as thumb-sucking, that can cause future dental issues for your children as they grow. Pediatric dentistry also includes diagnosing oral conditions associated with childhood diseases like diabetes, asthma, and congenital heart defects.
Do pediatric dentists go through special training?
Minimally, a pediatric dentist goes through four years of dental school, plus an additional two or three years of residency training in dentistry for infants, children, teenagers, and kids with special needs.
When should I take my child to a pediatric dentist for his first checkup?
Typically, your children should see Dr. Shine once they begin getting teeth, but no later than their first birthday. Clean your baby’s new teeth at least once a day using a wet, soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for infants.
When is my child old enough to use toothpaste?
A good time to introduce a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush is when they are 3-6 years old. Supervise them to make sure they are brushing correctly and not accidentally swallowing any more toothpaste than the safe amount on their brush.
How safe are dental X-rays for my child?
Although there is very little risk involved with X-rays, pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount radiation children are exposed to each year. Dr. Shine uses digital X-rays, which produces a very low level of radiation and offer a more accurate image of young patients’ teeth and jaws.
Dr.Shine and the team at Tria Dental Tysons, a family dentistry, are happy to answer all of your questions about pediatric dentistry. Call for an appointment or schedule a consultation online today.