If you would like to learn more about pediatric dentistry and the related topics, we welcome you to read through the following pages:

Feel free to contact Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your child’s next appointment with our dentist in West Jordan, Utah, Dr. Tew.

Pediatric Dental Topics

Preventing Tooth Decay

Four things are necessary for cavities to form:

  1. a tooth
  2. bacteria
  3. sugars or other carbohydrates
  4. time

We can share with you how to make teeth strong, keep bacteria from organizing into harmful colonies, develop healthy eating habits, and understand the role that time plays. Remember, dental decay is an infection of the tooth. Visiting us early can help avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment.

The pediatric dental community is continually doing research to develop new techniques for preventing dental decay and other forms of oral disease. Studies show that children with poor oral health have decreased school performance, poor social relationships, and less success later in life. Children experiencing pain from decayed teeth are distracted and unable to concentrate on schoolwork.

Importance of Primary Teeth (Baby Teeth)

It is very important that primary teeth are kept in place until they are lost naturally. These teeth serve a number of critical functions. Primary teeth:

  • Maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly.
  • Are involved in speech development.
  • Help the permanent teeth by saving space for them. A healthy smile can help children feel good about the way they look to others.

Infants and Children

Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy lifetime habits. We want to share with you the latest available methods for keeping your child healthy and safe.The first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the childs first birthday. Beginning tooth and mouth examinations early may lead to detection of early stages of tooth decay that can be easily treated. At the first visit Dr. Tew, and our team will present:

  • A program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet, and the importance of fluorides.
  • A caries (decay) risk assessment.
  • Information about early decay if necessary, which may be due to inappropriate nursing habits or inappropriate use of bottle/sippy cups.
  • The latest facts about finger, thumb, and pacifier habits.
  • What you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth.
  • Information on growth and development.

Adolescents

Adolescents have special needs. Appearance and self-image are very important to them. Decayed or poorly positioned teeth or jaws might make them more self-conscious. Teens also eat frequently, and unhealthy snack foods tend to become a major part of their regular diet. We provide a professional, sensitive, and caring approach to restoring and guiding teeth, and teaching preventive dental health care through the teen’s high school years. When necessary, we will provide information on sealants, oral piercing, wisdom teeth, missing teeth, and tobacco use.

Young People with Special Needs

An integral part of our education is concerned with the medical and dental health of the special patient. People with significant medical, physical, or mental disabilities often present unique challenges to dentists. Our training allows us to address their special needs and provide the best care possible.

For more information about related dental topics, please visit www.ada.org and www.aapd.org. We welcome you to contact Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry, our dental office in West Jordan, to schedule your child’s next visit.