Learning, Growing, & Smiling Together.

Our Mission

At Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry, our patients are family. That’s why our mission is to provide a cheerful, inviting dental home where you and your child can feel truly known and valued by our dedicated team. Through fun-filled appointments, engaging education, and our preventive, personalized approach, we want to watch your kiddo grow and graduate from our care with lifelong oral care skills!

Your Arlington Pediatric Dentist

Get to Know Dr. Rai

As a Pediatric Dentist, my goal is to provide an enjoyable and positive dental experience for your child.  As a parent of two young children, I understand that you are looking to entrust your child with someone they will comfortable with and who will provide the best possible care for a child.

I enjoy working with children and I have extensive training specifically on putting children at ease, building their trust, and working on small mouths. I want to inspire and educate your child to care about their teeth and overall health by providing a fun and comfortable visit, one which they will remember and look forward to as they grow.

I did my early education in Germany, India, and Saudi Arabia, before moving to the Northern Virginia area for high school. I received my doctorate degree in dentistry at the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry, and completed my residency in my specialty of Pediatrics at New York University. Following the completion of this residency, I returned to Northern Virginia where I have been practicing exclusively as a Pediatric Dentist and treating children for over 10 years. I have extensive experience in behavior management, nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and treating patients under general anesthesia. I am current in the latest in child healthcare and modern dental techniques.  I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Virginia Dental Association, and American Dental Association.

When not at work, my two amazing children keep my husband and me busy. We love traveling, creative cooking, and being outdoors. At Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry, children’s smiles and their well being are our first priority. We thank you for trusting us with your most precious loved ones and look forward to having them join our dental family.

Big Hearts for Tiny Brushers

Meet the Team

Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry is made up of the sweetest smile pros who love what they do, and it shows! Whether it’s a warm welcome from our caring front desk crew or a high five from our informative hygienists, we strive to create a comfortable, encouraging environment where you and your child thrive.

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Your Child’s First Visit

What to Expect

When you step into Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry, you and your child will be greeted by our upbeat team and a fresh, feel-good space that ignites their excitement for smile care! First visits are a wonderful way to familiarize your child with their new dental home, so we’ll focus on getting to know your child and giving your family a tour around the office.

Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Rai will count their teeth, treat them to a gentle cleaning, and assess the health of their smile with a comprehensive exam. She will always take the time to answer any questions with clarity and kindness, explaining every step of the process in a way that you and your child will appreciate!

Office Comforts & Amenities

Creating a calming, carefree dental experience for your little one is our speciality! Thoughtfully designed with the latest amenities and cozy comforts, our beautiful office has everything your child needs to feel right at home throughout their appointment.

Ceiling Mounted TVs


Streaming Apps


Noise-Canceling Headphones

iPad Bar


Advanced Dentistry. Gentle Care.

Our Technology

We go all out when it comes to the quality of our craft–because your child deserves the absolute best. We’ve curated our space with state-of-the-art dental tools and equipment to ensure unmatched comfort and efficiency during every treatment.

Patient and parent education is a huge pillar of our practice, so we’re excited to empower you and your child with the Solea scanner! This top-tier imaging tool allows Dr. Rai to capture a digital impression of your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth, leaving you with the most detailed and precise treatment plan for your child’s oral health.

Giving Back to Arlington

Sustaining Smiles with UpCycle

As a pediatric practice, we’re constantly inspired by the wonder and imagination that comes with being a child. For that reason, we’re honored to partner with UpCycle, a Virginia-based nonprofit that encourages kids to connect creativity with conservation by transforming recycled materials into treasure! Together, we’re making the world a brighter, greener place for kids to be themselves, one masterpiece at a time.

We’re always looking for ways to give back to our incredible community of Arlington. If there’s a cause that’s close to your family’s heart, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

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