Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentist Phoenix, AZ - Wee Care - Pediatric Dental Care

At Wee Care Dental we proudly provide caring and quality pediatric dentistry to Phoenix, AZ. Pediatric dentistry is more than dental services offered, it is also about preventative care, education, and treatment of the children. Dr. Rick Meyers attends several seminars on pediatric dentistry each year and is currently working with pediatricians to promote early dental care and cavity prevention.

The goal of a pediatric dental office is to provide a pleasant environment so that a child is not afraid to have their teeth restored. With the benefits of the newest materials and equipment, utilizing sedation techniques, and our friendly staff we can restore teeth on even the most resistant child.

We believe that a first impression is a lasting impression; therefore we diligently work to ensure your child has a positive experience. We work at your child's pace and offer the care, atmosphere and treatment they need to help them through their dental experience. Our entire Phoenix staff is trained in pediatric dentistry care and will help your child feel comfortable and cared for.

The right pediatric dentist and dental care will make a world of difference in your child's oral health care.  

Pediatric dentistry (formerly Pedodontics/Paedodontics) primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence. The American Dental Association (ADA), recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty, and therefore requires dentists to undertake two or three years of additional training after completing a general dentistry degree. At the end of this training, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry issues a unique diploma (Diplomate ABPD). Some pediatric dentists (pedodontists) opt to specialize in oral care for children with special needs; specifically children with autism, varying levels of mental retardation, or cerebral palsy.

One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. Pediatric dentists are trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is of paramount importance that children have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.

What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?

Pediatric dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.

Other important functions include:

Education - Pediatric dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology; thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.

Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, pediatric dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.

Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, pediatric dentists are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.

Intervention – In some cases, pediatric dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.

If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office at 602-404-6882.