Pediatric Dentistry

Yampa Valley Family Dentistry -  - Family & General Dentist

Yampa Valley Family Dentistry

Family & General Dentist located in Craig, CO

If you have children, it’s important to invest in pediatric dentistry. Regular pediatric dentistry appointments can alert you to potential problems like tooth decay and gum disease early on, preventing them from causing further problems. At Yampa Valley Family Dentistry in Craig, Colorado, family, and general dentist, Jason Shockley, MS, DDS, and the team provide a full array of pediatric dentistry services including teeth cleanings, exams, and 3D oral X-rays. To make your pediatric dentistry appointment at Yampa Valley Family Dentistry today, call the office or click the online booking tool.

Pediatric Dentistry

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral problems that affect infants, children, and adolescents. The American Dental Association recommends every child attend their first dentist appointment by the time they turn one, or just after their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first. 

During a pediatric dentistry appointment, your Yampa Valley Family Dentistry provider examines your child’s teeth and gums, takes a series of 3D X-rays, and checks on the progress of their permanent teeth. 

Your dentist also does a professional cleaning and applies a topical fluoride treatment; fluoride is a mineral known to prevent tooth decay. Your dentist also provides tips and insights on how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.

How can I prepare my child for their first pediatric dentistry visit?

The caring providers at Yampa Valley Family Dentistry recommend you prepare your child for their first dental visit like you would before shopping for shoes or taking them to get a haircut. To do this, it’s important you use positive, non-threatening language. To better prepare your child, you may want to:

  • Take your child on a “preview” tour of the office
  • Read books about going to the dentist
  • Speak positively about your own dental experiences


You can also tell your son or daughter about what to expect. For example, you might explain that the dentist works to keep their teeth and gums healthy and clean. Clean teeth and gums mean fresh breath and much less risk of cavities and gum disease. 

What if my child has a cavity?

If your Yampa Valley Family Dentistry provider detects a cavity during your child’s pediatric dentistry exam, they apply a dental sealant to protect your child’s teeth and prevent further damage.

Dental sealants use space-age plastics and composite resins to prevent decay to the chewing surfaces on the teeth at the back of your mouth. 

Your child’s dentist might also provide tips and tricks for cavity prevention, including:

  • Limiting the frequency of meals and snacks
  • Encouraging brushing, flossing, and rinsing
  • Choosing nutritious snacks
  • Avoiding sodas, energy drinks, and fruit juices


Your child’s baby teeth play an important role in chewing, biting, and speaking abilities. For these and other reasons, it’s critical you participate in pediatric dentistry. To request a consultation at Yampa Valley Family Dentistry today, call the office or click the online booking tool.