DR VALERIE WOO completed her pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and opened her pediatric dental practice, NOVA Pediatric Dentistry, in Ashburn in 2006. Dr. Val is a board-certified pediatric dentist and is actively involved in our local Autism Society, Northern Virginia Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
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Pediatric Dentist Guru: Without examining your son and reviewing the radiographs, I cannot make an appropriate recommendation. It looks like you have received a few consultations from different specialties. You need to fully understand your treatment options before making a decision. I think that careful monitoring of the tooth is necessary. I wish I could be more helpful. You are more than welcome to schedule an appointment at our practice so that I can provide you with a recommendation.
Pediatric Dentist Guru: It sounds like she lost the teeth naturally (not due to trauma) and the teeth are taking their time coming in. Often if the space available for the new teeth is too small for how large the permanent teeth are the teeth take a longer time to erupt. If you want to be certain, you should have your child’s dentist examine her and review past radiographs or take a new radiograph to ensure that she does not have the permanent tooth missing or have an extra tooth in that area that could be preventing the tooth from erupting.
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A: Your daughter is at the average age of losing her first tooth. If there was a history of trauma to that tooth when she lost it, an x-ray may be needed to ensure that the entire tooth has been removed. You can bring her in to see me, along with the tooth (unless the tooth fairy has it now J), just to be on the safe side. I hope that helps!
FACT 1: Tooth decay is the number one- leading chronic disease. It’s fi ve times more common than asthma, according to the 2000 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report.
FACT 2: Half of U.S. school children have decay in permanent teeth.
FACT 3: 90% of all cavities are preventable.*
The solution to this sweeping problem is simple and can be found in fi ve easy steps.
1.Good home care with parental supervision: Supervise your children’s brushing and fl ossing and encourage at least twice daily cleaning – aft er breakfast and before bed are the best times.
2.Regular dental check-ups: Th e American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist by the age of one.
3.Appropriate use of fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel: Water fl uoridation is one of the best sources of fl uoride. Parents should speak to their child’s dentist to discuss appropriate fl uoride options if your water is not fl uoridated.
4.Protect your teeth: Wear a mouth guard for all sports where physical contact occurs, even if your league does not require it.