Their First Dental Visit

Our goal is to make sure your child’s first dental visit to our office is a positive enjoyable experience!

Plan Your Child's First Visit to West Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Your first visit!  What an exciting time and sometimes a nervous experience for parents too.  Rest assured that for those kids coming for their first dental visit, we make it our goal to make a new friend and create an environment that will want them to return again and again.

Some things you can expect from your visit to one of our pediatric dental offices:
Your kids will love their dental visit to West Valley Pediatric Dentistry

  • Parents accompany their child through the whole exam
  • X-rays depending on age and cooperation of your child<
  • A dental cleaning based on their age
  • A fluoride treatment
  • A dental evaluation of the teeth and gum tissue
  • An evaluation of the bite and alignment of the teeth
  • Check for proper growth and development of the teeth
  • Discussion and education of cavity prevention
  • Evaluation of oral problems like thumb-sucking or pacifier habits
  • A prize for every visit!

We look forward to seeing your child for their first dental visit at West Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Why a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are to dentistry what pediatricians are to medicine. After four years of dental school, pediatric dentists attend 2-3 additional years of advanced, specialized training. This residency qualifies them to best meet the diverse needs of toddlers, pre-teens, teenagers, and children with special needs.  A pediatric dental office is designed especially for children and the goal is to provide a positive experience for each and every child.

We are a kids only dental office, and use the latest and best advances in dentistry for children. Just as a pediatrician develops his or her special talents, skills and knowledge for working with children’s bodily health, a pediatric dentist does the same to more effectively manage a child’s dental and oral health.

During specialty training, pediatric dentists also receive extensive instruction in providing dental care to both handicapped and medically compromised patients of all ages.  Whether providing care within the pediatric dental office, surgical center, or hospital operating room, the training a pediatric dentist receives makes them the authority in this sub-specialty.  

The Importance of Baby Teeth

It is very important to maintain the health of the primary “baby” teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing and permanent “adult” teeth. Primary “baby” teeth are important for:

  •  Proper chewing and eating
  •  Space for the permanent teeth
  •  Proper guides for the Permanent “adult” teeth
  •  Normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
  •  Speech 
  •  Esthetics
  •  Front teeth replaced from 6-9 years old, back teeth replaced at 10-13 years old