We welcome you to our Mesa pediatric dentist office, a practice that specializes in children’s dental care up to the age of 18. Listed below are some of the services we provide for your children!
Dental cleanings help to keep your child’s teeth and body healthy. We recommend professional cleaning for your child every 6-8 months. Make it a routine to look after your child’s teeth from the time they are babies. Dirty teeth are a breeding ground for bacteria and acids that cause plaque and lead to infections, which can harm their body.
We make dental cleanings serious fun!
At your child’s first visit to our office we will explain all cleaning procedures. Before we actually start, one of our dentists will look inside your child’s mouth to make sure that the teeth are growing properly and the gums are healthy.
One of our Mesa dental team members will clean and polish the teeth first. He or she will use tiny dental tools like a tooth scraper, mirror, and special toothbrush. The tooth scraper removes plaque from the teeth. If plaque is not removed from the teeth, it can cause decay, or even a cavity. Plaque is a thin and sticky layer that covers the teeth and contains bacteria that grow on teeth over time.
The next step is brushing and flossing. For the brushing we use special toothbrushes and toothpaste. The toothbrush has a small, round tip that moves around to clean the teeth. The toothpaste might taste like toothpaste at home, but it feels almost like sand.
Finally, we floss your child’s teeth. We show him or her how to use a piece of waxy string (dental floss) to get in between the teeth and remove food particles that the brush can’t reach.
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, supervision, guidance and correction of problems involving the alignment of the teeth and jaws. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances, such as braces, to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and to achieve facial balance. We offer many different types of orthodontics including:
- traditional braces
- clear braces
- invisalign teen
Fluoride is a natural mineral that makes teeth strong. It also helps to prevent cavities. Our Gilbert team offers fluoride treatments with different flavorings. The treatment takes about 4 minutes. Please make sure that your child does not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after the fluoride treatment.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity develops when a tooth decays. It is a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time. If your child has a cavity, it’s important to get it repaired.
When Does a Tooth Develop a Hole?
The reason for holes is called ‘Plaque’: Plaque is a sticky material, which is formed by germs. The bacteria in the mouth makes acids. When plaque sticks to the teeth, the acids can damage the outermost layer of the tooth, which is called ‘Enamel’.
If a dentist discovers a ‘hole’ (cavity), he or she will start to repair it by removing the damaged part of the tooth with a special tool, a ‘drill’. They then fill the hole in the tooth with a specific material, a ‘ dental filling’. Sometimes the procedure hurts a little, but our team can numb the area around the damaged tooth while your child is getting the filling. In any case, your child will feel safe and comfortable.
Yes, cavities can be repaired, BUT everybody should try to avoid them by taking care of their teeth.
What Every Child Needs to Know
• to brush his/her teeth in a circular movement with fluoride toothpaste after every meal or at least twice a day. Especially bedtime is an important time to brush the teeth.
• to gently brush gums to keep them healthy, too.
• to floss the teeth once a day to remove plaque and food that is stuck between the teeth.
Please try to avoid sweets and sugary drinks, like soda!
We recommend kids and adults see the dentist twice a year for regular checkups!
Esthetic Pediatric Crowns
Our dentists offer esthetic dentistry in case your child has chipped, broken or missing teeth. Pediatric Crowns are a nice solution for discolored, chipped, or broken teeth. We can either bond tooth-colored plastic to the damaged tooth or cement tooth-colored crowns. Both options not only restore the appearance of discolored teeth, but restore the original shape of chipped or broken teeth as well.
But please keep in mind: Bonded teeth and pediatric crowns are simply not as strong as the original tooth structure. They can be damaged by nail biting, hard foods, and sports accidents. Try to maintain them with excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
What are the causes for discolored teeth? Trauma to a tooth can cause discoloration or severe illness during tooth development. Also, a tooth might discolor if exposed to certain medicines or minerals during development. Many parents are concerned with the color of the first permanent teeth, because they are naturally not as white as primary teeth and may appear yellow or discolored. This coloring usually becomes less noticeable as your child has more of their permanent teeth erupt. Very important: poor oral hygiene, especially during orthodontic therapy, can lead to discolored areas on teeth as well.
How to Improve the Appearance of Discolored Teeth
To improve the appearance of discolored teeth, Dr. Carmichael offers bleaching as one appropriate treatment choice to older patients. It requires no anesthetic, and it removes no tooth structure. The good thing about it: One or more teeth can be bleached in a series of visits. We may even recommend a bleaching program, which you can use at home under our guidance.
Another technique called ‘microabrasion’ can also improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Here, one of our specially trained pediatric dentists removes microscopic bits of discolored tooth enamel with an abrasive and a mild acid. The treatment is usually comfortable for the patient. It works best on surface discoloration.