Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dental Sealants

Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth.  At Kidz Connextion, we apply sealants for young patients to start protecting teeth early. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early. 

In children and teenagers, most tooth decay occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars where the pits and grooves can trap food and bacteria.  Dental sealants are applied to surfaces of these back teeth much like paint. The plastic resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface, and then hardens. Now the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck, and bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.  Sealants also protect tooth enamel from plaque and acids, and can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years.

To learn more about dental sealants and all the services we provide, give us a call at 623-223-1001.  Kidz Connextion Dental Care maintains offices around Phoenix.  To find out more, visit our website at

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Losing the First Tooth

If your kid is turning into a big kid, losing the first baby tooth is on the horizon.  It’s an exciting sign of growing up, but many kids still feel anxious or uncomfortable dealing with the unfamiliar sensation of a loose tooth.  Kidz Connextion wants kids and parents to be prepared and understand why this pain occurs so your child can still have a positive tooth loss experience.

Before a baby tooth is lost, it begins to break free of its nerve endings.  This is the natural process that makes the tooth feel loose and wobbly at the gums, and the area will become swollen and red.  It can be painful, and for kids a great way to soothe tooth pain is applying a cold compress to the outside of the mouth in the affected area.  Children may complain that they find it hard to bite or chew with loose or missing teeth.  It’s still important to keep eating healthy while they grow new teeth so encourage soup, pureed fruits, and cooked vegetables.  A few tales of the tooth fairy can usually ease a little pain, too!

To learn more about tooth loss and the services we provide at the practice, give us a call at 623-223-1001.  Kidz Connextion Dental Care maintains offices around Phoenix.  To find out more, visit our website at

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dental Crowns for Children

You may have heard of dental crowns being used for adults, but dental crowns can go a long way in saving a child’s tooth as well. Though baby teeth aren’t in the mouth for long, it’s critical to keep them healthy for the permanent teeth that are to follow. Here at Kidz Connextion, dental crowns can help provide a strong foundation in the mouth to ensure that your child has an optimal function.

When a baby tooth has been exposed to decay, our doctors may recommend restoring the tooth with a stainless steel crown. Although children begin to lose their first tooth around the age of six, losing them early can lead to problems in their oral development. The most common reasons for placing a crown on a baby tooth is to support and protect it until the tooth is ready to fall out naturally. To ensure that your child has a healthy mouth, be sure to help them brush and floss and visit us twice a year for routine check-ups and professional cleanings.

If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dental services, please give us a call. To learn more about our pediatric services here at the office visit for more information. To schedule an appointment in Phoenix AZ, call 623-223-1001.