At A Reason To Smile, pediatric dentistry is about more than making sure your child has a bright, healthy smile. Dr. Samandari also wants to make sure your child’s visit to our Scottsdale, AZ dentist office is rewarding and fun, so there’s no fear of future visits. Our entire kids dentistry team takes the necessary time to earn the trust of both you and your child, making sure each trip to our Scottsdale dentist office is a pleasant, calm experience for everyone.
We are happy to start seeing your child for regular pediatric dental checkups as soon as they reach their 4th birthday!
We encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always happy to address any concerns you have as a parent. We offer empathetic oral health education and use simple explanations to help answer your child’s questions and reassure them before beginning treatment.
If your child is anxious or has trouble sitting still in the dentist chair, ask us about our safe sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Your Child's First Visit To The Dentist
Dr. Samandari understands that you want the best pediatric dentistry care possible for your child. At A Reason To Smile, we provide high quality pediatric dental care in a calm, supportive environment. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at A Reason To Smile, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These pediatric dentistry visits allow Dr. Samandari to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child. Dr. Samandari may suggest additional children's dental checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Samandari may recommend laughing gas.
Laughing gas is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear. Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes.
Laughing gas is widely considered to be low risk. At A Reason To Smile our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest, most comfortable way possible.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral application treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Samandari often recommends this simple treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. The teeth-strengthening mineral acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse the early signs of dental decay in some children.
Protective Pediatric Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At A Reason To Smile, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At A Reason To Smile, we typically treat cavities in children with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Samandari may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Samandari will perform a gentle tooth extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if your child's tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull your child's wisdom teeth before they jeopardize their smile as a whole. If the growth of your child's wisdom teeth will damage their neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, Dr. Samandari may discuss the possibility of extraction with you.
We will use x-ray imaging to get a complete picture of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth being considered for removal. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but third molars often do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Frenectomy (Tongue Tie Release)
Your child’s tongue is an important part of their oral structure. It affects the position of the teeth, periodontal tissue, swallowing, speech development and nutrition.
“Tongue Tie” is a condition where the tissue on the underside of the tongue that connects to the floor of the mouth is too short, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. In infants, it can cause difficulty breastfeeding. In toddlers and young children, a tongue tie can cause difficulty with speech development.
Treatment for this condition is relatively simple, and early intervention is key!
Questions About Our Kids Dentistry Services?
We offer comprehensive family dentistry services at our Scottsdale, AZ dentist office to keep your smile healthy, confident and bright.