Tria Dental Tysons
Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Vienna, VA
A Tip from Your Family Dentist - Dr. Patrick Shine
Dental crowns are among the most common restorations adults have done on their teeth each year. Dr. Shine and the experienced Tria Dental Tysons team in Tyson Corner and Vienna, Virginia, provide a variety of restorative options including crowns, bridges, and implants in a warm, welcoming environment. To learn which restorative treatment is the best choice for your specific dental needs, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a general dentistry for children of all ages, from infants to adolescents. Pediatric dentists are experts at treating children with special health care needs and giving extra attention to young patients so they feel comfortable. Pediatric dentists often take the time to educate parents about the importance of good oral hygiene and preventive methods that should begin when children are very young.
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.