Dentistry for pediatric patients in Mesa, AZ: Start your child’s oral health journey off right!

My Time Dental Centers appreciates that pediatric patients (children, adolescents, and teens) have “time on their side” when it comes to protecting the health and appearance of their smiles. However, the proactive dentistry practiced by Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter and our team in Mesa, AZ, encourages dental visits to start as early as possible. 

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines asserts that parents and caregivers schedule their child’s first visit by no later than the first birthday. Visits that are scheduled early and regularly provide ample opportunity for dentists to pinpoint developmental problems. Early detection leads to early intervention; conditions are treated precisely and effectively before leading to lifelong conditions that can affect a child’s overall development and well-being. 

Establishing a lifetime of good habits

Unlike our more “experienced” patients, Dr. Schmelter will establish a healthy routine with your child. That means visits to our office once every six months. He will examine your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. Our hygienists also use gentle techniques and safe and painless tools to remove bacteria, plaque build-up, and other nasties that promote early childhood decay and tooth loss. Up until around age 12, your child will have a mix of baby and permanent teeth. Baby teeth are no less important. So, we must preserve them! We’ll work with you and your child on tailored techniques, preventive services, and products to avoid early tooth loss and keep their smiles looking great, healthy, and pain-free. 

Don’t resolve problems; prevent them!

One of our most effective weapons to fight cavities comes in the form of fluoride therapy. Yes, fluoride is a safe, naturally occurring mineral. Many communities, near and far, have noted considerable declines in the incidence of tooth decay since water fluoridation was introduced several decades ago. We can help to bolster, in a safe and controlled manner, the amount of fluoride that your child is getting from water and products such as toothpaste. An excellent preventive, fluoride may be supplemented with professional “varnishes,” which we brush on to teeth, rinses, and other easy, non-invasive, fast, and gentle applications. Fluoride effectively strengthens the tooth’s protective layer (enamel) and aids in alleviating the harmful bacteria on tooth surfaces. 

As your child’s needs evolve, we may also recommend dental sealants to protect hard-to-reach back teeth from decay, mouthguards to prevent injuries to the teeth and jaws among student-athletes in contact sports, and interceptive orthodontics and exercises. By intervening with potential orthodontic issues, such as addressing destructive habits like thumb-sucking, your child may avoid the need for braces and other teeth-straightening and bite-correcting treatments later in life. 

Your child is one of a kind. So, options to keep these young patients happy and healthy are vast. We look forward to meeting your family soon! Call us at (623) 777-6456 to schedule a visit with the My Time Dental Centers team in Mesa, AZ.