Our Phoenix dental office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as young as four years old. However, if you notice that your child has a problem with their teeth or gums prior to this age, please schedule an appointment. You may also want to bring your child to your dental checkup when they are about two so that they can become familiar with the sights, sounds and friendly helpers in our dental office. We call this a Happy Visit. Your child's independent checkup at age four will involve a tooth by tooth inspection and periodontal exam. The dentist will check for proper development as well as tooth decay and other areas of concern.
As your child grows, he or she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral home care techniques so that your child can learn how to effectively brush and floss first with the parent’s help and then on their own. The dentists may recommend dental sealants or fluoride supplements. Sealants are thin and clear coatings that protect hard to clean back teeth from the sugars that cause tooth decay. Fluoride attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this essential mineral. Sealants and fluoride supplements are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little one from cavities.
Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. Call us here in Phoenix to schedule a Happy Visit or checkup today! In some cases, we refer children to pedodontists, who are specialists in children's dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious personality.