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Pediatric Dentistry in Phoenix and Chandler, AZ

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Rush Family Dental provides pediatric dentistry services in Phoenix and Chandler, AZ. Please contact us if you have any questions about our services or to schedule an appointment for your child.

What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry refers to services for infants, children, and teens. We welcome young patients to our office because we believe that early dental care improves lifelong oral health. Children need many of the same services as adults, including cleanings, comprehensive exams, and composite fillings.

Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry

Focus on Preventive Care

We focus on prevention and early detection of dental issues. We track your child's oral development from infancy and have the ability to detect and deal with abnormalities early on. We ensure that each patient receives preventive care at least twice yearly, including cleanings, comprehensive exams, and X-rays when necessary.

Create Positive Experiences

We want your child to feel excited about coming to the dentist. We do our best to create positive associations with dental care. A patient dentist and hygienist who take the time to comfort a child and distract them when necessary can help them feel at ease.

Reduces the Chance of Developing Dental Anxiety

Children who see the dentist starting at a young age are less likely to feel nervous in the office. They build trusting relationships with our dentists and hygienists.

Improved Oral and Overall Health

The earlier your child receives professional dental care, the more likely they will be to maintain excellent oral health for a lifetime. Many lifelong oral health problems like decay and gum disease have their roots in childhood dental care. Reinforcing positive habits will lower your child's chances of needing costly restorative work in the future.

Procedures Offered

Preventive & Diagnostic Services
  • Comprehensive Dental Exams: The dentist carefully examines the child's mouth, throat, and neck for signs of potential problems. They also check the child's dental development.
  • Dental Cleanings: The hygienist removes all plaque and tartar from the child's teeth to reduce the chance of developing both gum disease and tooth decay.
  • X-Rays: Digital X-rays or radiographs show what is happening beneath the visible surface, detecting problems like cavities, cysts, and infections. Digital X-rays use only a fraction of the radiation used by traditional film X-rays, making the process safer for your child.

Also called "baby root canals," pulpectomies remove the inflamed pulp inside the crown of a child's primary tooth. They relieve severe toothache and help to preserve natural teeth.

Pediatric Restorative Dentistry
  • Composite Fillings: We provide safe, effective fillings made of composite resin. These fillings blend with the natural color of the tooth.
  • Silver Crowns: If a child has a large cavity, the tooth may not have enough structure to function independently. Keeping the natural root in place helps to maintain spaces for permanent teeth. The child receives a silver crown to preserve the prepared tooth.

Using a similar material to our composite fillings, we can repair chipped, broken, discolored, or gapped teeth.

Special Needs Dentistry

We understand that children with autism and other developmental issues sometimes have difficulty at the dentist. We can provide dental care sensitive to these children's needs.

Why Choose Rush Family Dental?

We are a family-run practice dedicated to caring for our patients. We provide advanced care with a personal touch and work to ensure all of our patients feel comfortable and welcome in the office. Dr. Cory and Dr. Kyle each have young children at home and a wealth of experience treating pediatric patients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry

When should my child have their first dental appointment?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit happen by age one or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Dental visits for infants and toddlers allow the child to become accustomed to the office environment and to build a trusting relationship with the dentist and staff.
How do I prepare my child for visiting the dentist?
One of the best ways to prepare your child for the dentist is to bring them to your check-ups to allow them to meet the clinical staff and become familiar with the environment. Seeing your positive experiences up close reduces the chance that your child will experience anxiety. Books and shows about the dentist can help familiarize children with what will happen during their appointment. Role-playing with toys and dolls is another fun way to introduce these concepts.
How should I care for my child's teeth?
Beginning in infancy, wipe your child's gums with a clean washcloth. After the first tooth erupts, use a baby toothbrush and a tiny smear of children's fluoride toothpaste the size of one grain of rice. Brush at least twice a day. It would be best to begin flossing when the child's teeth become close enough to meet in the back.
Are fluoride treatments safe for my child?
Fluoride treatments are safe when given in a dental office. They help to harden and remineralize the tooth enamel, lowering the chance your child will suffer from tooth decay. Dental fluoride varnish hardens instantly on contact with saliva, lowering the risk of swallowing.
Why is it important to treat baby teeth when they eventually fall out?
Tooth decay in baby teeth can cause fever, pain, and infection. The infection may spread to the head and neck, causing illness and severe swelling. Children need their baby teeth to chew and speak clearly. If baby teeth fall out prematurely, there will also be problems with emerging permanent teeth. The child may need extensive orthodontic treatment later on.

We can help you maintain and improve your child's oral health well into the future. Please contact us at our Phoenix or Chandler office to learn more about pediatric dentistry and how it can help your child stay healthy.

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Rush Family Dental-Ahwatukee

4350 E. Ray Road, Building 3, Suite 112
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Rush Family Dental-Chandler

4909 S. Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85248