Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry

Arezo Zarghouni, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Beginning in early childhood and extending through adolescence, children have unique oral health needs at each stage of development. At Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry in Houston, pediatric specialist Dr. Arezo Zarghouni and her team are dedicated to helping young patients build a foundation for good oral health that will last a lifetime.To learn more or schedule your child’s next exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry includes a wide range of services designed to meet the unique oral health needs of children as they grow and develop. Dr. Zarghouni offers comprehensive care for pediatric patients of all ages, including:

  • Infant oral health exams and cavity risk assessments
  • Preventive dental care like cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, and sealants
  • Orthodontics, like early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth or correcting a bite with traditional braces or Fastbraces
  • Gum condition management, including ulcers and pediatric periodontal disease
  • Custom-fitted mouth guards for young athletes
  • Emergency care for fractured teeth, knocked-out permanent teeth, or other urgent dental problems
  • Sedation options for anxious, nervous, or special needs children

Dr. Zarghouni also offers dietary recommendations to support optimal oral health, as well as advice on how to curtail undesirable oral health habits like pacifier use or thumb-sucking.

When should my baby first visit the dentist?

A baby’s first dental appointment should take place either by their first birthday or no later than six months after their first tooth erupts. This is an ideal time for Dr. Zarghouni to carefully assess your baby’s oral development and look for any problems that may benefit from intervention.   

A common issue that should be caught as quickly as possible is baby bottle tooth decay, which occurs when the sugary substances in breast milk, formula, or juice combine with saliva and pool inside your baby’s mouth. Left untreated, this problem can cause premature tooth decay that affects the proper formation of a child’s permanent teeth.    

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants, which act as a long-lasting barrier to help prevent tooth decay, are applied to the chewing surfaces of children’s molars and premolars. Sealants are made of a safe, medical-grade plastic that protects teeth by locking out sugar, bacteria, and plaque.   

Sealants are generally applied to molars shortly after they’ve come in before bacteria has an opportunity to cause decay. Most children get their first molars — and their first sealants — at about the age of six. Sealants are applied on the second set molars when they erupt around the age of 12. Done properly, sealants can last anywhere from 5-10 years.

To find out more about all the pediatric dental services offered at Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry, call the office or book your appointment online today.