Dental Checkups and Cleanings
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends children see their pediatric dentist every six months for dental checkups and cleanings. During the checkup, we will check for signs of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease as well as provide specialized treatment plans should restorative care be necessary. We’ll also thoroughly clean your child’s teeth, removing hardened plaque and tartar while providing essential at-home tips for better oral health between appointments.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars. Because these teeth contain pits and grooves, it’s easy for bacteria and food particles to penetrate and cause decay. By applying these protective coverings over your child’s back teeth, it creates a protective barrier between harmful bacteria and their tooth enamel, effectively lowering their risk for cavities.
Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments
If your child already has a cavity, we can use silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to stop the continuous spread. Although it is a temporary solution until a tooth-colored filling can be applied, the fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth enamel while the silver stops the decay in its tracks. Easily applied in just minutes, this painless treatment is a great way to protect your child’s teeth until their smile is ready for a more permanent restoration solution.
Once your child’s pediatric dentist in Scottsdale deems them ready for a tooth-colored filling, the process takes only one visit. By removing the decayed areas of the tooth, we can then use a malleable substance that is tooth-colored to fill the cavity. Not only will it blend in to create a seamless appearance, but it also creates a tight seal to prevent future reinfection or damage.
Safe Digital X-Rays
Unlike traditional x-rays that were uncomfortable to take, produced higher levels of radiation, and required staff to develop the film that often didn’t produce high-resolution images, those used today are much safer and more advanced. Digital x-rays are not required during every visit, but once a dentist for toddlers in Phoenix believes it is time to get a full view of your child’s oral cavity, you can have greater peace of mind knowing these machines emit up to 90% less radiation. Also, we will make sure your child wears a lead vest to better protect them throughout the process.
Pulp therapy is often recommended when decay or damage has reached the innermost layer of the tooth. While there is pulp in both the root and the crown, the dentist will determine where the problem exists and treat it accordingly. The removal of the pulp will allow your child to experience relief from any pain while also avoiding a potential tooth extraction. This can be a necessary and worthwhile procedure should your little one be at risk for losing their primary teeth long before permanent ones erupt. Treating decay early on and allowing them to keep their natural teeth as long as possible is always the best option.
Extended pacifier use and prolonged thumb-sucking can be recipes for disaster when it comes to your toddler’s oral health. While these comfort tactics are somewhat harmless during infancy and the early years of toddlerhood, it is best if these non-nutritive habits cease sooner rather than later. The reason is they can negatively impact the development of your child’s jaw as well as potentially cause problems with permanent tooth eruption that can lead to orthodontic treatment in the future. Our team will offer helpful tips and tricks to encourage your child to give up these bad habits for the sake of their smile.
Emergency Kid’s Dentistry
Accidents happen, especially when dealing with toddlers. Whether they take a tumble while running outside or accidentally run into a wall or door, a sudden dental injury can have you in the car and on your way to a dentist for toddlers in Scottsdale. Fortunately, you can reach one of our dentists 24 hours a day. We know dental emergencies can happen any time, any place, so we’re always ready when you need us.
Many parents believe tooth extractions are not necessary for young children; however, there are certain reasons for this type of procedure. Whether it is severe decay that cannot be treated with pulp therapy, serious facial trauma, or overcrowding, tooth extractions are often the last resort or treatment but can be valuable when putting your child on a path to a healthier, more beautiful smile. Should your little one require the removal of a tooth, we will always keep their safety, health, and comfort as our main priorities.