At Canyon Gate Dental I Orem, UT, we are proud to offer dental services to the entire family. We have treated patients as young as two years and as old as 95 years in our office. If your child has dental needs, we would be happy to examine and do whatever treatment is necessary. Usually that involves treatment in our office, but in some cases we do collaborate with a pediatric dentist as well.
When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Visit?
The American Dental Association recommends a first dental visit at six months after the first tooth erupts. Most kids get their first tooth at about 6 or 7 months old, so a dental visit is recommended around a child’s first birthday. While we do support the ADA recommendation, it is our opinion that a full visit, examination, and cleaning are probably overkill at that age. We do, however recommend brining your young children to dental checkups and letting them see what the dental office is all about. Somewhere between 2 and 3 years old, we like to initiate their dental office experience by doing a “happy visit,” where we have them open their mouth, count their teeth, show them what it feels like to have their teeth polished, and meet the dentist. If there are problems starting, we can catch them at that visit, but the main goal is to have a good experience at the dentist so they will not be frightened of having their teeth checked and cleaned.
Prevention is our Philosophy
The best reason to start bringing your child to the dentist is to avoid painful and costly problems before they even start. We are big on prevention and education at Canyon Gate Dental. Childhood is the best time to form good dental hygiene habits and learn how to take care of teeth for a lifetime. We highly recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Our caring and gentle team will help make your child’s dental experience as pleasant as possible.
If your child has cavities or other dental problems, we can help. We provide a wide range of pediatric dental services, including fillings, pulpotomies (fixing badly damaged baby teeth), crowns, tooth extraction, and space maintenance. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for nervous individuals and are able to provide mild sedation (conscious sedation via medication) for children who would likely be uncooperative during treatment.