Best-Kids-DentistAt Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves to grow up with a beautiful, healthy smile.  That is why our mission is to provide high-quality pediatric dental and orthodontic treatment while maintaining a welcoming and comfortable office environment.  Our pediatric dentist and orthodontists are experts in their field and are proud to offer a wide variety of treatment options to help every patient develop a healthy smile.  The best way to protect a smile is by preventing tooth decay – and that process starts as early as the eruption of the first tooth.   

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet.  Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral content in teeth, forming a cavity.  The pediatric dentists remove the cavity and fill the tooth with a variety of filling materials, restoring the tooth to a healthy state.  Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown.  Prevention of cavities is the most important part of a healthy smile.

Tooth Decay Prevention

The most important part of tooth decay prevention is a strict oral hygiene regimen including brushing and flossing two times a day, maintaining regularly scheduled cleanings and exams, and avoiding foods that are highly acidic or full of sugar.    In addition to oral hygiene, fluoride is another important part of decay prevention.  Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen teeth.  Drinking fluoridated water, using a fluoridated toothpaste, and having professionally applied fluoride at dental visits help prevent cavities.   


Pediatric-Dentist-PreventionEven with proper oral hygiene and a healthy supply of fluoride, teeth can still be at a high risk for cavities depending on tooth anatomy and spacing.  The tighter the teeth are touching, they are more susceptible to cavities between the teeth so flossing becomes extremely important.  Molars have deep grooves and depressions that form on the chewing surface.  Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused on the biting surface of the back teeth.  To protect against these cavities, we can use a special preventative treatment called dental sealants.  This involves applying a thin layer of a clear resin material to the susceptible teeth.  The resin seals off the enamel of teeth, protecting them from harm by bacteria and acid.  Sealants last several years and will be monitored at routine dental appointment.   



Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.

Contact Your Scottsdale & Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry Team Today!

Preventing tooth decay is one of the most important parts of developing a healthy smile, and if you have more questions on how to protect your child from decay and cavities, we are happy to help. We've helped countless patients throughout the Scottsdale, Shea, & Grayhawk areas achieve a beautiful smile, and we would be happy to do the same for your child. If you have more questions, want to talk about your child's dental development, or want to bring your child in for an appointment, please call us at 480-556-0600 for our Scottsdale & Shea office, 480-949-0332 for our Grayhawk office, reach out to us at our contact page, or request an appointment online. We can't wait to hear from you!