Dr. Matthew Gerald is a family dentist in Vienna, VA that helps patients of all ages get the oral health care they need. Along with his dental team, Dr. Gerald creates a warm and friendly environment for both young children and adults. Creating open communication with his patients allows Dr. Gerald to better understand their specific needs.
As a general dental service, family dentistry utilizes routine care to help prevent dental problems down the road. Younger patients who visit the dentist regularly have a stable foundation for a future of healthy smiles. Visiting the dentist for checkups and maintaining oral hygiene at home also ensures that your child has healthy habits for years to come.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We recommend bringing your child in for their first dentist appointment as soon as they begin developing teeth.
- Dental cleaning
- Preventative exam
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride application
Regular pediatric visits allow our team to monitor any developing oral health changes. We can also help parents learn how to care for their oral health to reinforce good dental habits in their children from a young age. Our friendly dental team wants younger patients to be familiar with visiting the dentist so they can easily maintain their smiles.
Preventing Childhood Tooth Decay
At your child’s initial dental appointment, we will discuss the best diet, eating habits, and oral hygiene practices to help prevent tooth decay. Cavities and tooth decay are chronic childhood dental problems. To combat decay, we recommend that parents begin cleaning their child’s gums even before their first teeth appear. Wiping off food particles from the gums using a wet cloth prevents bacteria buildup. Harmful bacteria that build upon the teeth and gums lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
We may apply topical fluoride treatments and varnishes at routine visits. Fluoride slows decay and strengthens the tooth enamel. Dental sealants may also be used for patients that are 5 or older. Sealants are bonded to teeth to “seal” out decay. They are a non-invasive and quick treatment that protects the teeth from cavities.
Dental Care for Adults
Missing, damaged, and discolored teeth can become problems as we age. Some of the cosmetic and restorative treatments that we offer for these problems include dental implants, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening. Implants are dental prosthetics that replace missing and lost teeth at the root. Dental veneers are shells of porcelain ceramic that cover the front of teeth. Tooth bonding is a more economical alternative to veneers that uses biocompatible materials sculpted onto the enamel. Teeth whitening can brighten the tooth enamel by multiple shades for a healthier and more youthful look.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Do you need a new family dentist in Vienna, VA? Call Dr. Gerald at (703) 721-4796. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Gerald and his team on our website. We serve patients from Fairfax, Oakton, Falls Church, and Northern Virginia. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions about our family dental services and we will be happy to help.