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Infant and Pediatric Dentistry

Oral health care is important at every age, even before babies get their first tooth. At Young Family Dental, our pediatric dentists provide care for infants and young children to maintain optimal oral health, including preventive care and instruction on building healthy habits that will set them up for good oral hygiene for the rest of their lives.

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children today in the U.S. When children have tooth decay that goes untreated, it can lead to severe pain, tooth and gum infections, and difficulty eating, leading to poor nutrition and potential long-term health consequences. The pain that children experience from tooth decay and infection can also affect their speech development, and make it hard for them to learn and concentrate in school. Studies show that children with cavities and tooth decay miss more school days and have lower grades than children without. They may also suffer from other consequences, such as trouble sleeping because of the pain.


Dental Care for Children and Infants

The statistics of childhood dental decay are concerning — about 1 in 5 children between ages 5 and 11, and 1 in 7 teenagers between age 12 and 19 have some form of untreated tooth decay. Fortunately, cavities and tooth decay in children and teens can be prevented.

It’s important for parents to understand that you need to take proper care of baby teeth when children are young, even though they will eventually lose those teeth. Untreated dental decay in infants and very young children can lead to early loss of baby teeth, which could leave your child without enough teeth to chew and speak properly for several years. It could also cause their adult teeth to shift or move around before they grow in, leading to significant orthodontic issues as your child gets older.

Some of the most important actions you can take include:

  • Cleaning your baby’s mouth by wiping their gums once in the morning and once at night with a clean, damp cloth to remove bacteria even before they have teeth
  • Brushing your baby’s newly emerged teeth with a small, soft-bristled brush and plain water
  • Brushing children’s teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each time, with a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Talking to your dentist about fluoride supplements or fluoride varnishes for children (especially if you do not have fluoride in your drinking water) to strengthen and protect your child’s teeth
  • Getting dental sealants on your child’s teeth to prevent cavities

Parents can also help reduce tooth decay by:

  • Limiting sugary drinks and milk in bottles or sippy cups, especially around bedtime
  • Teaching children to use a sippy cup instead of a bottle around the age of 12-14 months
  • Limiting the amount of sugar in your child’s diet, especially sweet or starchy snacks between meals

Visiting a Pediatric Dentist

Your child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist should be when they turn 1 or when they get their first tooth (whichever happens sooner). During that visit, our pediatric dentist examine your child’s tooth/teeth, gums, bite and oral tissues. After your first visit, your dentist will likely recommend bringing your child back for a preventive checkup every six months. These early visits are generally simple and won’t include a lot of dental care, but they are helpful in building your child’s comfort with going to the dentist so they are not scared as they get older.

Call to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists at one of our five convenient locations in Orem, American Fork, Saratoga Springs, Riverton or West Jordan.

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    Misha Foreman

    I am giving Young Family Dental in West Jordan 5 stars because of the wonderful service I received. It began from the moment I walked through the door. The girls at the front desk welcomed me right away and I was almost immediately called back. I was nervous due to it being my first visit and I hate going to the dentist but everyone was very friendly and really put me at ease. They took x-rays which was quick and painless as was the actual dental exam. They answered all my questions and never made me feel like a bother. The whole process took approximately 30 minutes and I was out the door with a smile on my face. THANK YOU! Young Family Dental. I will definitely be returning for any future dental needs!

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    Alex lemus

    I got a cleaning done today with Monica the hygienist. She had a light hand and was super nice! She gave me a couple tips to keep my hygiene great . I appreciate her giving me tips on how to floss better as well! Will be coming back in 6 months with her for sure!

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    Rachelle Ross

    Monica was great. Kind, gentle and informative. This was my first visit and I will for sure be back.

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    Michelle Fordham

    I’m deeply terrified of going to the dentist and have put off treatment because of my fears. This was my first time at Young Family Dental in West Jordan and they treated me with kindness and concern. Orchid was so helpful in explaining the process and things she was doing during my visit. And Dr Workman took the time to talk with me and ease my fear during my exam. I will definitely come back and refer my friends to this amazing office. Thank you so much for easing my fears and helping me get my dental health back on track!

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    Kenneth Koeller

    Great staff, great experience. Will be coming back.

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    Jazmine Tripp

    Orchid was amazingly informational! Great dentist. I recommend!

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    Jason McGee

    Had a great experience. Orchid took great care of me and was super friendly. The cleaning was painless and Shelley did a great job explaining everything to me. It was great to see them measure all of my gums and discuss that with me.I needed a small filling repaired and they were able to do it sameday. Great service. All the staff was super friendly.

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    Michael Pakofe

    I love going there and they are really patience and great welcoming

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    David Fowers

    My dental hygienist, Shelley, yesterday was amazing!!! Keep up the great work with your fantastic employees, Young Dental West Jordan!!

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    Tony Valdez

    Shelley was amazing !It was nice coming back to an amazing staff and an great fresh deep cleaning.☺️😀

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    Queenie Pakofe

    Alyssa is really good at keeping me company and making sure I have my questions answered and helps me feel comfortable and making sure I’m good and just love the energy too

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    alexander rodriguez

    They are truly amazing here and all the staff is so friendly they were able to get me in quickly and resolve everything Thank you!!

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    Susan Reeves

    Excellent patient care.

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    Jordan Johnson

    Great staff and great providers!

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    andres sanchez

    Good place to do the cleaning and the doctor are really good and kinds, Shelly she is really good I highly recommend it. Thanks.

  • “These guys are awesome! I had a tooth break on a Friday afternoon and they got me in right away! I’ve since seen 3 different dentists there and have no complaints. The office staff is incredible and friendly. I still am not a huge fan of going to the dentist, but this office has really helped alleviate my fears and dental anxiety. I would recommend them to anyone.”

    Ashleigh Jackson

  • I’ve known Dr. Chris for over 10 years, and my experience with him has been awesome. I got Invisalign with him to straighten my teeth, and it was incredible to have straight teeth! It was great, too, that I was an adult and I didn’t have to walk around with braces like a teenage weirdo. Chris and YFD are excellent, I highly recommend them.

    Johnny Thomas

  • Anne Marie Gross referred me to your office and has had nothing but great things to say about you! I am looking forward to scheduling an appointment soon!

    Rashael Stocking Matthews

  • Deron Gross- when I went to young family dental they treated me very nicely and took great care of me:) appreciate all the work they’ve done:)

    Deron Deron

  • I took both my 8 year old and 3 year old daughters there, and it was great experience from beginning to end. It was the first time for my 3 year old (don’t judge me ?) Jacqueline was great at making it a fun experience for her. Jessica helped take care of my 8 year old who had some infection on a tooth she had worked on a while ago. And the dentist was great too. Overall, everyone was friendly, everything was clean, and at the end I had a credit on my account that I didn’t know was there which was an added bonus.

    Jessica Murdock

  • Young Family Dental Riverton employs the latest technology and procedures. The staff is always friendly and make you feel comfortable.

    Chanel Price

  • Everything they do is on time and as scheduled. They send you reminders for your appointments. They are great. My entire family goes to Young Family Dental Riverton.

    Astony Stino

  • I love young family dental! Their assistants are great and make me feel comfortable which is important to me because I don’t like going to the dentist. The dentists are very informative and make me feel at ease as well. They take extra time and care to make sure you fully understand what is being done and what needs to be done. If you need a check up, a cleaning, or work done stop or call young family in Riverton Utah, they are great!!

    James Ross

  • I love working here.. The dentists, hygienists, and assistants are awesome!!!

    Orchid Lopez-Zamarron

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