4 Surprising Foods That May Contribute to Tooth Decay


At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we emphasize the importance of a healthy diet as well as good oral hygiene as part of a child’s optimal dental health. Parents help tremendously with healthy food choices by making “natural tooth brushing” foods readily available such as: raw celery carrots apples Generally, parents guard against excessive [...]

Why Straight Smiles Equal Healthier Smiles


At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, we promote the best oral health with an emphasis on prevention starting with our youngest patients. We encourage parents to teach their children the importance of good oral hygiene. It is important to learn why we all need to brush, floss and gargle to keep germs and plaque [...]

Palatal Expansion: The Benefits to Your Child


  One of the most common orthodontic appliances used in young children here at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, is the palatal expander. Palatal or maxillary expanders perform several functions that make expanding the upper jaw particularly helpful during childhood. What Is Palatal Expansion? Palatal expansion widens the upper jaw or palate to produce a [...]

Wiggly Teeth… When Will My Child Lose a Tooth?


When your child runs up to you, declaring "My tooth is loose!", he or she will likely be thrilled at this sign of growing up. Loose teeth start when your child is between ages four and seven. However, six is the average age the baby, or primary, teeth begin to loosen. Your child's 20 baby [...]

The Advantages of Invisalign


Traditional braces have stood the test of time when it comes to straightening teeth and achieving a beautiful smile. In some cases, traditional metal braces are still the best option for a patient, depending on their individual case. However, there are other options available, including Invisalign. Invisalign is a system of clear, custom-made aligners that [...]

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention 


If you want to improve your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist by the age of 7. At this age, an orthodontist can spot subtle issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby [...]

The First Dental Visit…at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia


Your child’s first dental visit is a very important milestone in their life. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends the first visit be before or very close to his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth. Starting regular dental visits early will lead to [...]

Special Needs Dentistry at PDOVA


At Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Virginia, we believe that when a child cracks a smile, they deserve to do so confidently with healthy gums and teeth. We also recognize that some children require more specialized care. Our team is committed to making sure that every child has the chance for a healthy smile, including those [...]

Welcome to our NEW Website!


Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Virginia welcomes you to our new and improved website! We are delighted to reveal our updated look with you, and we hope you like it. We have completely overhauled the site to create a more user friendly experience! The whole design of our site has been refreshed and replaced with [...]

The Benefits of Dental Sealants


A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the premolars or molars in patients. The sealant rapidly bonds to the surface of the tooth, filling in the grooves to provide a protective barrier against decay. Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to remove food particles and plaque from the [...]

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