We Practice, Mindful, Minimally Invasive Preventive Care

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Our team highly recommends that our patients follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines of bringing children in for their first dental visits as infants, by the time their first tooth erupts. Then, every six months after. These routine visits allow Dr. Peng and her team to prevent and stop common oral health issues among children, including premature tooth loss and cavities. We offer multiple kid-friendly preventive dentistry services in Prosper to help ward off the threat of tooth decay, break thumb-sucking and pacifier-sucking habits, and keep your precious, favorite smile shining for years to come. Call our office today to schedule a visit!

Why Choose Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry for Kid’s Preventive Dental Care?

  • Friendly Certified Pediatric Dentist
  • State-of-the-Art, Fun-Themed Practice
  • Quality Care for Patients with Special Needs

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

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These regular dental checkups and cleanings are an excellent way to keep small oral health problems from progressing to the need for more extensive treatment. Depending on the age of your child and how many teeth they have, we may start by conducting an examination and waiting to clean their teeth until they feel more comfortable at our practice. Once they get a little older, we’ll include a thorough, professional teeth cleaning to remove any lingering plaque and tartar from the surface of their pearly whites, keeping cavities at bay.

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Oral Cancer Screening

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Although it’s not common for children to develop oral cancer, we ensure that no stone is left unturned during your child’s routine checkups by also conducting an oral cancer screening. This process is fast and easy for the kids. Dr. Peng will simply examine their throat, tongue, lips, neck, and any other areas of their oral anatomy that may display signs of the condition. If we spot anything, we’ll immediately inform you of the next recommended step to take.

Fluoride Treatment

Young girl in dental chair with fluoride trays over his teeth

Fluoride is a naturally derived mineral produced by rocks and found in other sources, like the air, soil, and fresh fruits and vegetables. However, most people are familiar with fluoride because they know it’s added to local water sources. This is because it has enamel-strengthening properties that help protect teeth from the threat of decay. If your child is in need of extra protection from cavities, we may recommend a fluoride treatment at the end of their cleaning. Or, if we spot the early signs of a cavity, we can treat and protect the affected tooth with silver diamine fluoride, which is an FDA-approved treatment.

For parents who value biologic-dentistry or would rather not use fluoride, we’re also happy to recommend and use products that don’t contain fluoride.

Dental Sealants

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Dental sealants are similar to a penguin’s waterproof feathers that help keep them dry, except they’re for teeth! They’re clear shields that we brush over the top of your little one’s molars and harden using UV light. Once secured in place, this protective layer prevents food debris and bacteria from seeping into the pits and grooves. They’ll also make it easier to effectively brush teeth and drastically reduce their risk of cavities.

Non-Nutritive Habits

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Pacifiers and thumb-sucking are completely healthy habits that children develop to help them feel safe and calm. However, past a certain age, typically around three years old, non-nutritive habits can alter and harm their oral development. If your child is having difficulty stopping thumb-sucking or pacifier usage, Dr. Peng can provide you with helpful tips and tricks. That way, their smile will continue developing as it should.