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Pediatric Dentistry

Making dentistry fun when it matters most

Our dentists believe that a trip to the dentist should be fun, lighthearted, and nothing to fear. The way your child is exposed to dentistry lays the groundwork for how they view dental care and dental visits for the rest of their lives.

Our team especially loves caring for young patients, and works hard to make sure each child is spoken to gently, treated with respect, and cared for as if they were our own child. We use simple words to explain procedures to our patients and make sure each parent or guardian is aware of the process as well.

First Visit

We want your child’s first dental visit to be a positive experience.  If your child is old enough to understand, they should be told about their appointment.  It is best to not make a big deal out of their visit though…try to treat it as if it is just another normal day.  Our team strives to gain your child’s trust so they can have little (if any) apprehension at the dentist.

Importance of baby teeth

The health of your child’s baby (primary) teeth is very important for a number of different reasons.  While your child’s front four teeth only last until they are 6-8 years old, their back teeth aren’t lost until between the ages of 10-13.

The first function of baby teeth is to allow your child to properly eat, chew, and speak.  Baby teeth are also essential to help maintain adequate space for the growing permanent teeth and guide them into the right position.  Furthermore, neglecting your child’s primary teeth can lead to problems that in turn may affect their developing permanent teeth. 

Caring for your child’s teeth

You should begin cleaning your child’s gums with a soft cloth and water from the time they are born.  As soon as their teeth begin to erupt, proper tooth brushing is one of the most important things you can do to help protect your child’s teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.  You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste (no more than a pea-sized amount) and be sure that your child spits out the excess toothpaste after they are finished.   Wherever your child’s teeth touch together you need to floss as well.  Those tight spaces often trap food and bacteria, which can in turn lead to the formation of cavities.  The grocery store and drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS usually sell children’s floss picks in the dental care aisle.  These picks are usually much easier to use than traditional dental floss.  In addition to all the above, it is important that you help your child brush his or her teeth.  It is good to let them “help,” but young children lack the coordination to effectively brush their teeth on their own. 

Eruption of Your Child’s Teeth

Your child’s teeth begin forming before they are even born.  Most children cut their first teeth (the lower 2 front teeth) between the ages of 6-10 months. Most children have all 20 of their primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old, but the eruption order and timing can vary.

Children’s permanent teeth begin to erupt when they are approximately 6 years old.  The first permanent teeth to appear are the first molars and lower front 2 teeth (the central incisors).  Adults have 28-32 permanent teeth (depending on how many wisdom teeth develop).

Thumb Sucking

Infants and young children may suck their thumb, fingers, a pacifier, or a variety of other objects.  Sucking is a natural reflex that often helps them feel a sense of security and happiness.  While it is not a problem when they are younger, sucking habits that continue after a child’s permanent teeth have begun to erupt can lead to problems with proper jaw growth and alignment of teeth (such as crowding and anterior open bite, see photo below).  We recommend children stop thumb sucking by the time they are 2-4 years of age.

Sippy Cups

Sippy cups are utilized as an intermediate training tool between baby bottles and an adult cup.  At mealtimes you may fill your child’s sippy cup with liquids other than water (milk, juice, etc.), but throughout the day it should contain water only.  Allowing your child to sip on sugary drinks throughout the day can break down their enamel and cause rampant tooth decay.

Best time for Braces

While some malocclusions (“bad bites”) can be diagnosed and corrected as early as ages 4-6, most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 8-12.  We recommend children go for their first orthodontic consult around the time they turn 8 years old.  While they may still have some of their baby teeth at this point, their hard and soft tissues are very responsive to treatment at this time.   

Sealants

Sealants are a protective coating applied to help “fill in” the deep grooves on children’s back teeth (their permanent molar and premolar teeth).  Children often have difficulty keeping these teeth clean due to their limited dexterity and how far back these teeth are in the mouth.  In fact, 80% of cavities in children are diagnosed on their molars and premolars.  Sealants function to “seal out” food, acid, and decay-causing bacteria in order to help prevent cavities. 

Patient Reviews

Our patients are our biggest fans. Here are a few highlights from our public reviews.

toni fragala
toni fragala
July 13, 2022.
The whole office is very friendly and knowledgeable. We will be making this our new dentist!
Jim Patterson
Jim Patterson
July 13, 2022.
I was very blessed with my visit to this facility. I was met by friendly staff and they had already done the insurance work that needed to be done. In the chair very friendly dental assistants and information sharing was better then any place I have been before. After the exam there was Infomation shared and suggestions made. My past experiences with dentist were pushing to get work done and I was so blessed I was given a choice as to how to proceed. Thank you
erika goethe
erika goethe
July 11, 2022.
Just love Marianne and Dr. Elizabeth!
Ana Tomchek
Ana Tomchek
July 11, 2022.
Everyone is super friendly and courteous! I loved the doctor too! She was very nice and courteous, answered all my questions and was very informative! Great place all around!
Carol Jacobson
Carol Jacobson
July 11, 2022.
Excellent maintenance care of oral health. Good communication.
SHERRIE TUCKER
SHERRIE TUCKER
July 8, 2022.
This is my regular dentist, so I already like them, a lot. But today I had a low-level emergency and they got me right in and took care of me. Super happy to call this place "My Dentist Office."
Tim Blackburn
Tim Blackburn
July 8, 2022.
Great experience, excellent care and they make you feel very comfortable. Dr. McCourt is excellent. I'm very happy I chose this dental office.
Jaysen Fails
Jaysen Fails
July 7, 2022.
I have always received the best care at Arrowhead.
Tami Lane
Tami Lane
July 7, 2022.
My dentist office is closed for the week and was referred to Arrowhead Family Dentistry. While I didn’t have any work done, they were able to get me in right away for ab exam. Dr. K was very nice and got right to the point. Appreciate Dr. K and staff for helping me out.

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Location

7777 W Deer Valley Rd #160

Peoria, AZ 85382

Hours

Monday
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday
(by appt.) 7:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturday
CLOSED
Sunday
CLOSED