Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics
Rudolph and Paino, DDS, PLLC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Children's Dentistry

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When it comes to your dental care, you may have more questions than answers, and that's okay!

We expect and welcome questions because we know that informed patients tend to enjoy better oral health. When we know what's on your mind, we can provide the guidance you need to make confident decisions about your oral care. 

We get a lot of questions, and here are a few that we hear most frequently. If you have a question and don't see it answered here, please don't hesitate to call us at (703) 281-7104 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Children's Dentistry

At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we are passionate about making sure that children get the healthiest start possible.

We recommend your child’s first dental visit take place around age one or when baby teeth start to appear. By seeing your children at routine intervals, our doctors can monitor dental development, make recommendations, and provide preventive treatment as needed.

Prevention is an essential part of your child’s dental care. The fewer problems they experience now, the greater the chance that they will enjoy a healthy, problem-free smile as an adult.

One important preventive tool we use is dental sealants. A sealant is a thin coating of plastic that we apply to the uneven surfaces of teeth like molars and premolars. As the material sets up, it bonds securely with these surfaces to seal out food particles and bacteria that can lead to decay.

This is especially beneficial for baby teeth, because keeping them healthy is essential. We also use sealants on healthy permanent teeth as part of preventive treatments for older children and adults.

If you are interested in learning more about sealants for your child, please call our Vienna, VA dental office. We will be happy to arrange a time for you to meet with one of our doctors to discuss your child’s needs. 

In order to prevent dental problems, we recommend that your child see a dentist after their first birthday for a visual examination. At this point in their development, baby teeth are beginning to appear, and we want to ensure that these teeth stay healthy.

We understand that your child’s first dental visit may be a little unnerving. At our Vienna dental office, we have had great success with what we call a “Happy Visit,” where mom or dad brings the child in with them for their dental cleaning and checkup. It gives the child an opportunity to adjust to the idea of a new place, strange-looking equipment, and unfamiliar faces. If they let us take a look and count their teeth, we let them visit the prize box.

These visits set the stage for your child’s future oral health, and if you had a negative dental experience as a child, you know how those early impressions still affect your life. If it’s time to schedule a visit for your little one, please call Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics. Our team enjoys working with kids, and we assure you that we will do everything possible to ensure their first encounters with us are positive and stress-free.

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