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The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry: A Guide to Children’s Dental Care

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As parents, we want the best for our children, and that includes their dental health. At Canyon Gate Dental, we understand the importance of pediatric dentistry in laying the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. From their first tooth to their teenage years, we’re here to provide compassionate care and expert guidance every step of the way.

A Child’s First Dental Visit

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, typically around six to seven months old. While a full exam and cleaning may not be necessary at this age, it’s essential to introduce your child to the dentist early on. We call this visit a “happy visit,” where we aim to familiarize your child with the dental office environment, the dental chair, and our friendly team. By starting dental visits early, we can help alleviate any fears or anxieties your child may have about going to the dentist.

Preventative Care

Regular dental visits are crucial for preventing dental problems and maintaining optimal oral health. We recommend bringing your child to the dentist early and as often as recommended. During these visits, we’ll perform exams, cleanings, and apply fluoride treatments and sealants as needed to protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay. Teaching proper oral hygiene habits from a young age sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Pediatric Treatment

If your child does develop a dental issue, rest assured that our team at Canyon Gate Dental is here to help. From fillings to crowns, tooth extractions to space maintenance, and pulpotomies for damaged baby teeth, we offer a wide range of pediatric dental treatments to meet your child’s needs. We understand that some children may feel anxious about dental procedures, which is why we offer options like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and mild sedation to help them feel more comfortable and relaxed during their visit.


Pediatric dentistry plays a crucial role in ensuring the overall health and well-being of children. By starting dental visits early and prioritizing preventative care, parents can set their children up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. At Canyon Gate Dental, we’re committed to providing exceptional dental care for children of all ages, from their first tooth to their teenage years. Schedule an appointment at one of our Orem, Lindon, or Vineyard offices, and let us help your child achieve optimal oral health for life.

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