Dr. Trista's Children's Dentistry builds young smiles

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Name of Business: Dr. Trista's Children's Dentistry
Address: 1437 Richmond Road, Lyndhurst
Phone: 216-839-9378
Web address: www.drtristasmiles.com
Owners: Dr. Trista Onesti
Type of Business: Pediatric Dental
Number of employees: 3
Years in business: 15

Tell us what your business does: Our office provides routine dental treatment, restorative treatment and advanced oral rehabilitation for patients up to age 17. Dr. Trista is both a parent, and a college-level teacher in pediatric dentistry. She was voted by her peers as a Top Dentist in the October 2014 Cleveland Magazine.


Where did you get the idea for your business? Dr. Trista had made the decision to take her career into pediatrics while helping a fellow doctor who specializes in pediatrics.

What makes your business unique? Our business is unique because we specialize in pediatric dental which focuses strictly on the children and their oral health. Our staff is very skilled at helping children through their first visit and tailoring the appointment to each child's comfort level.

How do you see current economic conditions affecting your business? Dr. Trista opened her practice in November of 2014 to focus on pediatric dental care. We are currently working on building our practice to date.

What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome thus far? Getting our name out into the community and changing the way that pediatric dental is viewed.

What are your plans for near-future growth (hiring, building expansion, etc.)?  We would like to expand our practice by increasing our patient base allowing us to expand our hours so that we are able to better serve our patients.

Preventing cavities starts at an early age

Preventing cavities starts at an early age


The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S. It is five times more common than asthma. Yet decay is nearly 100% preventable. Today’s Family asked Dr. Trista Onesti, a pediatric dentist in Lyndhurst, to provide us with some of the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for cavity prevention. 

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first dentist visit by age one. Routine dental visits should be every six months with a comprehensive exam, cleaning, fluoride application, and x-rays when determined to be necessary by the dentist. 

Two is the magic number for keeping your child’s teeth in tip-top shape. Time your child’s brushing by playing a song that is two minutes long: 60 seconds for the top teeth and 60 seconds for the bottom teeth. Just remember, until your child develops adequate hand control for good penmanship (usually age 7–8), they do not have the manual dexterity to brush correctly. An adult must also brush for the child until this hand control develops. Make sure you help to put the right amount of fluoridated toothpaste. A child under 3 gets a barely visible smear, while a child over 3 gets a small pea size amount. 

Flossing is an essential part of the oral health care routine to clean spots where the toothbrush cannot reach. As soon as two teeth are touching it is recommended that an adult floss the teeth. For some children, the first time teeth contact is as early as age 2 or 3, but for most children it is at age 4 or 5. Children should floss their own teeth after age 9. It is very common to see cavities between the teeth in children who do not floss. 

A proper amount of fluoride in drinking water from infancy through old age helps prevent tooth decay. If you choose to have your child drink bottled water instead of tap water, they may not be receiving a sufficient amount of fluoride. Some bottled waters contain fluoride, and some do not. If the label does not state that fluoride is added, you must call the manufacturer to determine the fluoride content. 

Drinking too much juice promotes the development of cavities. It is recommended that children drink from a cup by their first birthday. A sippy cup is only meant to serve as a transitional tool for kids to adjust from the bottle to cup. Only water should be put into sippy cups, except during mealtime. By filling a sippy cup with juice, or even milk, and allowing a child to drink from it throughout the day, the child’s teeth are bathed in cavity causing sugars. 

Dr. Trista believes that discussing these topics with her patients and their parents helps to create a lifetime of healthy smiles. She is currently welcoming new patients. To discuss your child with Dr. Trista, please give her office a call at 216-839-9378. 

My daughter is turning one. When should I bring her in for a visit?

Dr. Trista as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. 

Establishing this dental home at Dr. Trista’s office will help to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.  Dr. Trista strives to provide your child with a first positive dental experience.  At this appointment Dr. Trista will cover topics such as the importance of baby teeth, nutrition, development, and great oral home care. 

To learn more about baby teeth, or to schedule your child’s next visit with Dr. Trista, please give us a call at 216.839.9378 today! We look forward to seeing you!

Ten Tips to Prevent Cavities

You want to keep your child’s smile strong and healthy, and so do we.  At Dr. Trista's Children's Dentistry we believe that a successful oral health care regimen includes regular checkups at our pediatric dentist office combined with healthy habits at home.

Here, we provide some simple cavity-fighting tips that pay big dividends when it comes to your child’s long-term oral health.

  1. Limiting the amount of  juices and sodas your child drinks. These drinks can be very acidic and contain high amounts of sugar, delivering a double dose of trouble to compromise young smiles.
  2. Letting your child fall asleep with a bottle of milk or juice will cause the sugars to linger on the teeth and set the stage for decay. 
  3. Teaching your children to drink from a regular cup  and not a sippy cup or a bottle  when they reaches 12 - 15 months old is recommended.
  4. Please try and avoid sticky, sugary snack foods. Choosing  cheese, fruits, and veggies (in a size and consistency appropriate for your child’s age) is a much better option. These foods help to increase the flow of saliva washing away food particles and bacteria.
  5. Encouraging regular meals and snack times is more beneficial than grazing. 
  6. Consuming water  instead of regularly consuming sports drinks.
  7. Setting a good example by demonstrating good oral hygiene habits shows just how important oral hygiene is to your children. Talk about the importance of caring for your teeth, and show kids the proper way to brush and floss.
  8. Help your child brush and floss until they’re old enough to do it themselves, usually around the age of 6 or 7. Even after children are brushing on their own, it is very important to check in occasionally to ensure the use of proper techniques.
  9. Bring your child to Dr. Trista's  for a first dental visit around age 1. This initial visit can set the stage for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.
  10. Ask  Dr. Trista  about sealants or a fluoride treatment. The proven cavity fighters provide an economical way to safeguard your child’s smile.

Healthy smiles start at Dr. Trista's.  Call 440.459.2100 today to schedule your child’s appointment!