Pediatric and Children’s Dentistry
SERVING MESA, PHOENIX, Gilbert, TEMPE AND SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONa
An early start on dental hygiene and teeth cleaning can prevent a lifetime of dental and health problems. At the Mesa pediatric dentistry practice of Scott LeSueur, DDS, and Charles Dodaro, DDS, we provide dental care for children as young as 1 year old. We encourage you to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with us between the ages of 12 and 18 months.
Catching Problems Early with Pediatric Dentistry
- Preventive orthodontics
- Prevention of gum disease
- Prevention and treatment of dental cavities
- Dental sealants
- Regular check-ups and cleanings
- Evaluation for TMJ symptoms, which can manifest as chronic ear infections in children
Our Phoenix area and Mesa dentists will also educate and inform you about how to most effectively take care of your child’s teeth and gums, and how to show your child to properly perform oral hygiene on his or her own when old enough. We can also help you teach your child how to avoid bad habits like finger sucking. Certain habits can damage your child’s teeth and affect development of the structure of the mouth, which can cause problems later in life that may require extensive treatment.
At what age should my child start seeing a dentist?
You should take your baby in to see the pediatric dentist at 12 to 18 months old. You may have heard that children should start seeing the dentist at three years old, but that’s getting a late start.
We Encourage Good Dental Habits by providing Positive Experiences
Fear and anxiety are common reasons for people to neglect their regular dental visits. Oftentimes, these feelings come from traumatic childhood dental experiences at the dentist. Our pediatric dentists and our entire staff are committed to creating positive experiences when your child visits us.
By creating a positive view of the dentist early on, we believe we can encourage your child to hold a lifelong value of dental health and wellness.
Not only do our friendly, caring staff and dentists know how to make children feel comfortable, we are also dedicated to educating you about how to foster your child’s oral hygiene habits at home. We will provide you with dental hygiene tips for your children, and make sure you know what to expect as your child grows older and his or her dental needs change.
Pediatric Dentistry Questions
At what age should dental hygiene begin?
Before teeth start coming in! You should start by gently wiping your baby’s gums after each feeding. As soon as your child is comfortable wielding a toothbrush, let them take a turn brushing their own teeth every day.
When will my child start losing baby teeth?
Every child develops at a different rate. Most children will loose their first tooth between the age of five and seven years old. Losing teeth too early or too late can cause dental problems later. The proper time is not a certain age, but at the right point in development.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
Most children can use toothpaste at two to three years old. Make sure they only use a tiny amount and do not let them swallow it.
Does my child need fluoride?
Yes, but you can overdo it. Too much fluoride can cause serious defects in your child’s tooth enamel. Your child may or may not need fluoride supplements, depending on how much fluoride is in your drinking water. Children can also get too much fluoride by swallowing toothpaste. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro can help you determine whether or not your child needs extra fluoride.
Why should I worry about my child’s baby teeth?
Your child’s baby teeth are very important and they affect:
- Chewing and nutrition
- Speech development
- Development and positioning of permanent teeth