Gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal (gum) disease, is common in children and adolescents. Dr. Brown of Tria Dental Tysons is an expert at diagnosing and treating all types of oral health concerns in the field of pediatric dentistry. Located in Tysons Corner and Vienna, Virginia, Dr. Shine has more than 10 years of clinical and teaching experience treating periodontal diseases in children and adolescents of all ages. If you’d like your kids to have healthier teeth and gums, the Tria Dental Tysons team makes everyone in your family feel at ease.
Pediatric dentistry is 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.
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:
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.
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.
Typically, your children should see Dr. brown 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.
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.
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. brown 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. brown and the Tria Dental Tysons team are happy to answer all of your questions about pediatric dentistry. Call for an appointment or schedule a consultation online today.