pediatric dentistPediatric Dentistry at Union Hills Family Dental Care & Orthodontics

Union Hills Family Dental Care & Orthodontics in Phoenix, AZ, loves teaching children the proper way to care for their teeth. We want to provide the best pediatric experience possible and show that going to the dentist can be fun. Parents choose our practice because of the child-friendly environment and our team’s ability to deal with all types of behaviors and children with special health needs.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry focuses on caring for infants, children, and teens’ oral health. Treatment procedures include preventing and treating diseases and providing special health care to the mouth, teeth, and gums. We also offer early intervention during the growth of teeth to avoid extensive problems in the future.

Our dental practice in Phoenix, Arizona, provides specialized dentistry for children in a kid-friendly atmosphere. Our fantastic team works hard to create a welcoming and compassionate vibe where patients and their families can enjoy and feel at ease. We have years of combined experience in pediatric dentistry and working with children and adolescents. 

Our dental team loves to care for and help each child obtain optimal oral health. We’ve developed a wide array of pediatric services. The pediatric services we provide include the following:

What are BPA-Free Tooth-Colored Fillings?

BPA-free tooth-colored fillings are the same as regular composite white fillings. The only difference is that they do not include the controversial BPA. 

What is Interceptive Orthodontics?

Interceptive treatment (two-phase) is when children begin orthodontics early in age. The goal is to direct baby teeth development as your child grows. Early orthodontics can fix or prevent specific problems with the size, position, or spacing of the teeth and jaws so that treatment is more accessible down the road. 

What is Nitrous Oxide for Children?

Better known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide can help reduce a child’s pain and anxiety during routine dental treatments. The nitrous oxide is given through a small nose piece so that your child can be awake but calm throughout the procedure.

What are Pit & Fissure Sealants?

A sealant is a protective plastic coat applied to the biting surfaces of the molars. The sealant forms a rigid shield keeping food and bacteria from getting stuck in the teeth grooves and causing decay.

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

This FDA-approved antibiotic liquid is applied in the dental office to control active dental caries and prevent further progression. This alternative treatment allows us to stop decay with noninvasive methods, particularly with young children that have baby teeth. Read more about it here.

What is a Space Maintainer?

Dental space maintainers are small specialized dental devices that leave open spaces for permanent teeth to grow after baby teeth are lost prematurely. Leaving empty gaps can lead to major orthodontic problems down the road.  

When should my child first see a dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a pediatric dental office before their first birthday. Newly erupted teeth need proper dental care and good oral health habits right from the beginning.

Tooth decay can happen as soon as a child’s first tooth grows. Cavities in baby teeth increase the risk of corrosion in permanent teeth. If the decay is severe, it can have long-lasting effects on a child’s overall health and is quite costly to repair. Learn more by following this link.

What happens at a child’s first dentist appointment?

Your young child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should be an informative and enjoyable experience that keeps them wanting to return. Children are not naturally fearful of the dentist, but they can adopt feelings from others. We want you and your children to feel comfortable, and at ease, from the moment you arrive at our dental practice.

During your first visit, we review your child’s medical and dental history, answer your questions, and address any concerns you might have. 

This first exam allows us to evaluate growth and development, the position of the teeth, and the health of the oral tissues, while also checking for tooth decay. If your child is old enough to tolerate it, a gentle polishing of the teeth to remove plaque and stains and a fluoride treatment is usually recommended. 

What’s my Next Step?

The entire Union Hills Family Dental Care & Orthodontics team is committed to providing an anxiety-free dental experience. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Phoenix, Glendale, or Scottsdale, Arizona, please consider us your new dental home. 

Call for a dental consultation at (623) 582-6789. We look forward to helping you and your family achieve healthy smiles.