Pediatric Dentistry

Dental Design of Wheaton: Shri Chopra, DDS

Dentist located in Wheaton, MD

Pediatric dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on preventive dental care and treatment for children. Dr. Shri Chopra is an experienced dentist and she is happy to provide quality dental care to young patients. Some of the services she offers include sealants, dental mouthguards for sports, and family dentistry. Dr. Chopra is committed to serving children of all ages and all levels of dental care. Her practice is conveniently located near other Montgomery County neighborhoods like Silver Spring, Kensington, Aspen Hill, and Glenmont. If you’re looking for a dentist give your child the best dental care possible, call Dental Design of Wheaton or book an appointment online today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What services can a pediatric dentist offer your child?

Dr. Chopra and the staff at Dental Design of Wheaton are committed to putting your child’s needs first.

Dr. Chopra can handle everyone’s needs and concerns when it comes to dental health, whether your child is a toddler who’s never been to the dentist or a teen that’s not fond of dental visits. Her extensive training in oral care makes for an ideal pediatric dentist for all stages of development.

Pediatric dentistry services at Dental Design of Wheaton include:

  • Cleanings
  • Exams
  • X-ray
  • Diagnose and fill cavities in baby and permanent teeth
  • Use sealants to minimize the risk of cavities
  • Extract teeth when necessary
  • Make custom athletic guards for kids involved in sports

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a plastic coating that’s painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The sealant bonds into the grooves of your teeth and forms a protective shield for each tooth that is sealed. Dr. Chopra generally recommends sealants as a preventative measure for the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth, or molars.

When should children start seeing the dentist?

It’s important to encourage good dental health as your child develops. That’s why both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association recommend children get a dental checkup once their first tooth comes in or they turn 1.

Even babies can develop painful cavities. In fact, issues with baby teeth could effect a child’s adult teeth developing below the gum’s surface.

At Dental Design of Wheaton, Dr. Chopra and her team are committed to creating an enjoyable and comfortable experience for your child’s first visit to the dentist.

If you aren’t sure whether your child is ready to start regular dental visits, call the office for guidance.

What happens during pediatric checkups?

During your child’s checkup, Dr. Chopra will begin the appointment by putting your child at ease.

Next, she’ll examine your child’s teeth for any decay or other common issues that may need to be addressed.

Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Chopra might also recommend X-rays to look more closely at the dental and bone health.

Should Dr. Chopra find any problems during the exam, she’ll recommend the proper course of treatment. She will discuss these options with you in detail so you can make the best choice for your child.

How often should children see a dentist?

It is important for your child to visit Dr. Chopra for cleanings and routine dental checkups once every six months. Children should also visit Dental Design of Wheaton when they experience pain or any other problems with their teeth that may require treatment.

What can be done if your child is afraid of dental visits?

It’s common for children to feel apprehensive or frightened by the idea of a dental visit. Luckily, Dr. Chopra is a mother herself, so she has plenty of experience with young children and can help your child feel at ease in her care. If your child is much too frightened over a dental procedure, Dr. Chopra may recommend mild sedation and/or anesthesia to keep them child calm and comfortable.

For a skilled general dentist who can treat your child, call Dental Design of Wheaton or schedule an appointment online today.