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Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

General Dentist in Ontario, OR

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Pediatric Dentistry services offered in Ontario OR

The smallest patients at High Desert Dental often bring the biggest smiles to Ben Peterson, DDS, and his team. Providing pediatric dentistry services to families in and around Ontario, Oregon, is an honor, and is among the most rewarding aspects of the practice. If your little one needs to begin working with an incredible dentist who loves kids, call or click online to schedule that first special visit.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

When should I bring my child in to see a dentist?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), parents should bring their baby to see the dentist as soon as that first tiny tooth begins to emerge. If your baby is nearing his or her first birthday, be sure to schedule a visit even if no teeth have arrived on the scene.

These early visits allow Dr. Peterson to check that teeth are coming in properly and also look for signs of dental decay and tissue abnormalities. Even baby teeth are subject to decay, and preventive dentistry begins as soon as those first few teeth peek through.

Early dental care also gives parents a chance to ask questions and learn how to support their baby’s dental health. The first few years of life are such a busy time, and working with a great pediatric dentist lets parents know they are starting their child on a path to excellent dental health.

What is the focus in pediatric dentistry visits?

Preventive care is the focus during pediatric dental visits. Each time you bring your child in, a professional dental exam is done to check for signs of decay or gum disease. Professional teeth cleanings remove all traces of plaque and tartar, including any accumulations beneath the gum line.

Routine pediatric visits are also critical in teaching kids there is nothing to fear about dental care. This can set them up for a lifetime of outstanding dental services.

What if my child is fearful of coming to see the dentist?

Many kids are afraid of coming to see the dentist. Some have had negative prior experiences in the dental chair, while others have heard friends or family members talk about extreme dental problems or phobias.

If your little one is anxious about coming to see Dr. Peterson, a great option is to bring them in during your next dental exam and cleaning. Once they meet the High Desert Dental team and watch you enjoy your time in the office, they’ll begin to look forward to their own visits. 

There are also many different books written about dental anxiety and why visiting the dentist is fun. Find an option or two written for your child’s age group and read them together. Before you know it, your kiddo will be ready to have their own adventure at the dentist office. 

Booking a visit is fast and easy using the online booking tool. You can also call to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.

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