Children’s Dentistry in Phoenix
Teaching Kid's the Importance of a Healthy Smile
Children tend to grow up before you know it. One day, you are teaching them to walk and the next, they are driving your car. Throughout these important years, helping them enjoy excellent oral health should be a big priority for parents, and our doctors here at Devoted Family Dental would be happy to help. Our team treats patients of all ages, including infants, teenagers and everyone who falls somewhere in-between. We will work closely with your child in order to help them understand the importance of a healthy smile and create a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. Please contact our Phoenix location today to set up the first appointment for your special son or daughter.
Generally, we recommend that parents bring in their child by the time they reach their first birthday. This gives our team the chance to take a sneak peek at their developing smile and provide you with tips for how to care for your baby’s teeth as they emerge from the gum line. We will also keep a close eye on any potential developmental problems so they can be dealt with as early as possible.
Here is some good information to keep in mind as your child and their smile grow each and every day:
- Parents should brush their child’s teeth twice a day with water. When the child is old enough to be able to spit upon command, you can start using fluoridated toothpaste instead.
- Make sure to help them floss between their teeth every day as well.
- Provide plenty of well-balanced and healthy meals that include lots of calcium.
- Limit their exposure to overly sugary snacks between meals.
The Children’s Dental Checkup
A child’s checkup is very similar to the one that adults receive at our practice. One of our doctors will closely examine each of your son or daughter’s existing teeth and gum tissue for signs of decay. If needed, we can repair any small cavities or early signs of gum disease at their simplest stages so that their growing smile remains healthy and strong.
Once your child is old enough to sit through a professional cleaning, this service is important too. We can get rid of dangerous plaque and tartar and eliminate any noticeable surface stains on their smile as well.
Child-friendly preventive services are available too, such as fluoride treatment and dental sealants. Fluoride is a safe, naturally occurring mineral that works wonders when it comes to strengthening tooth enamel, while dental sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of certain teeth in order to keep food particles from becoming trapped.