Pediatric Dentistry in Chandler, AZ

Protect Your Child’s Oral Health Early

Your child won’t keep their first set of teeth forever, but that doesn’t mean their current teeth don’t still need regular care. Maintaining your child’s dental health will provide health benefits well into their future, as primary (baby) teeth serve important functions. That’s why we provide high-quality pediatric services at Otteson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry designed to keep your child on the right track to optimal dental wellness. 

The Importance of Your Child’s Teeth

Primary teeth serve as guides for the eruption of permanent teeth, holding the space into which these new teeth will come in. The crowns of the permanent teeth push against the roots of the baby teeth, making them resorb, or melt away. After this process, the adult teeth can take their proper place.

What’s more, your child’s primary teeth will be there for most of childhood, helping your child to bite, chew and speak. For roughly six years, they will be relying on their primary teeth to perform these important tasks. Until around age 12, your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth. It’s essential to make sure those teeth stay healthy until they fall out naturally on their own time.

What To Expect From Pediatric Dental Care

A pediatric dental exam focuses on improving your child’s overall oral wellness and educating your child on maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits. For younger patients, ensuring baby teeth are healthy allows for the development of good chewing habits, proper speech production, and sufficient space for their permanent teeth to emerge. 

During your child’s exam, Dr. Otteson will brush, floss, and take detailed impressions of your child’s teeth. He’ll also provide your child with tips to improve their oral health at home. We’ll also check their gums and jaws to ensure there are no signs of underlying and preventable issues. Scheduling a visit with Dr. Otteson can keep your child protected from cavities and help ensure the longevity of their dental health. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How early can my child see a dentist?
How can I prevent my child from developing cavities?
How can I prepare for my child’s appointment?
How early can my child see a dentist?

It’s recommended that you schedule your child’s first appointment at one year of age or when their first tooth erupts (whichever comes first).

How can I prevent my child from developing cavities?

Cavities develop due to poor dental hygiene and a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar. Primary teeth are especially prone to developing decay, which is why having a consistent at-home oral hygiene routine can make a significant difference in their overall health. For more impressionable children, performing oral health care together can help establish lifelong habits. 

Dr. Otteson recommends the following to prevent cavities:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day can keep the mouth clean and cavity-free. 
  • Flossing at least once a day can ensure no food gets stuck between teeth. This can be especially effective right before bed. 
  • If your child is old enough, rinsing after meals can be an easy way to keep the mouth clean throughout the day. 
  • Scheduling biannual visits at our Chandler office can ensure early detection of oral problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and more. 
How can I prepare for my child’s appointment?

Our team understands that children require a different approach to dental care, which is why we provide a safe and comfortable environment for your child while we help them with their dental needs. It’s common for younger patients to have anxiety when visiting the dentist, so here are some tips you can use to ensure your child’s visit with us is successful:

  • Schedule your visit during a time of day when your child is well-rested and most comfortable. 
  • Have your child bring their favorite toy or comfort item to their appointment. 
  • Talk positively about your child’s upcoming visit
  • Speak positively about how the dentist can help protect their health
  • Use positive reinforcement or healthy rewards to get your child excited for their visit
  • Introduce shows or books that display characters visiting the dentist can be helpful for younger children
  • Bring your child to your own dental appointments so they can grow accustomed to the dental office

We’re Here To Support You and Your Child

When it comes to your child’s health, our professionals at Otteson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are here to serve as your support team. Establishing healthy habits early on can maintain the longevity of your child’s natural smile and overall wellness. If you’d like to learn more about our pediatric care or to schedule an appointment at our Chandler office, give us a call at (480) 899-6229 or fill out the form below.

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Otteson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, a leading dental care practice in Chandler, Arizona. We understand the importance of good dental hygiene and oral care and are committed to providing you the best care in a fun, pleasant environment. We thank you for your interest in our services and the trust you have placed in us.