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Meet Dr. Sandra Thompson – Expert in Children’s Dentistry in Las Vegas, NV

Our Las Vegas children's dentist and team are dedicated to providing specialized dental care for children in a welcoming environment. Led by Dr. Sandra Thompson, we are committed to making each visit a positive experience, helping to set the foundation for healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime. Schedule an appointment today at Desert Kids Dental.

Special Offer: $99 New Patient Special

We welcome new smiles with our $99 New Patient Special, making it easier and more affordable for Las Vegas families to access top-quality children’s dental care.

Advanced Technology & Comfortable Amenities

Our Las Vegas children’s dentist office is outfitted with cutting-edge dental technology designed for comfort and effectiveness. We ensure that even the smallest patients feel at ease, with nitrous oxide in every operatory and overhead TVs showing Disney favorites during treatments.

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Did you know…

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Most children lose their first tooth around the age of 6.

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OurMission: Fostering Positive Child Dental Experiences in Las Vegas

Our goal at Desert Kids Dental is to be a leading provider of children's dentistry in Las Vegas, NV. We focus on educating and engaging children in their dental health with a gentle and personalized approach tailored to the unique needs of each child.

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A Children-Friendly, Parent-Approved Office in Las Vegas

Located against the scenic backdrop of Las Vegas, our office offers a serene, modern setting where parents can relax and children can enjoy their dental visit. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist and make your family’s dental experience as informative and pleasant as possible.

Children Dental Care with Insurance & Financing Options

We believe in making children's dentistry accessible and affordable for all families in Las Vegas. Desert Kids Dental accepts a range of insurance plans and offers various financing options to accommodate your financial needs.

Oral Health Routine for Children

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Help With Brushing

Kids have a difficult time brushing on their own until around the age of 6, or whenever they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoes. Before then, you’ll need to help them with brushing.

For kids over the age of 3, use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste and brush for a total of two minutes at least twice a day, spending 30 seconds on each quadrant of their mouth. As your child grows and begins brushing on their own, we recommend supervising them to ensure they are using the right amount of toothpaste and brushing properly.

Look Out For Signs Of Decay

If your child complains of a tender or sore tooth that seems sensitive to chewing, hot or cold foods and drinks, or sugary foods, they may have a cavity. You may even be able to see visual signs of tooth decay. Look for brown or black spots or visible holes or pits in the tooth. If you notice these issues, contact your child’s dentist right away for an appointment.

Focus On Good Nutrition

Food that’s good for your child’s body is usually good for their teeth, too. Fibrous vegetables like broccoli, whole grains, milk, yogurt, lean meats, and fresh fruits are all great for growing teeth. 

You should avoid overly-processed and sugary or starchy foods like chips, cookies, gummy candies, fruit juice, and soda. The bacteria that cause decay love to feed on simple starches and sugar, so these can contribute to the risk of cavities.

Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps “remineralize” and strengthen teeth that have been affected by minor decay. Your child’s dentist will likely recommend fluoride treatments during their regular dental checkups, but your child can also benefit from using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Making regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste a habit can keep your child’s smile bright for years to come.

Regular Dental Appointments

At-home dental care is important for your child’s oral health, but so is a regular visit with your child’s dentist. Seeing a dentist every 6 months helps you catch potential issues like cavities early, and avoid further dental health problems. In the long run, this can save you a lot of time and money, so make sure that you and your child visit the dentist consistently to get the oral care they need.

Did you know…

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Tooth decay is the most common childhood illness.

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Have questions about children’s dentistry? Find answers here. 

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What are the benefits of seeing a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are not the same as “family dentists.” While family dentists treat patients of all ages, pediatric dentists are specially-trained and exclusively treat children, which usually includes patients up to the age of 18. Pediatric dentists must undergo at least 2-3 years of pediatric training after obtaining their dental degree (DMD or DDS).

Through this additional training, doctors learn how to interact with kids, provide care in a friendly, unintimidating way, and catch dental issues early. If you choose a pediatric dentist for your child, you can be sure that they are getting the best possible care tailored to them.

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What are common dental issues that children face?

The most common issue, by far, is tooth decay (cavities). 42% of kids between the ages of 2-11 will develop at least one cavity in a baby tooth. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is less common, but can still affect kids if they are not practicing proper oral hygiene habits. Oral developmental problems with baby teeth and adult teeth can also be a concern, so it’s important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your child’s mouth is developing properly. 

How can I protect my child from cavities?

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The best way to protect your child from cavities is proper at-home oral care. Make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. You will likely need to floss for your child until they can do it properly on their own. In addition, make sure they maintain a diet low in sugary foods and beverages, and see their pediatric dentist for an appointment every six months. 

Does my child need an ortho screening?

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Your child should get an ortho screening by the age of 7. Even if there are no obvious issues with their oral development, getting an orthodontic screening from a pediatric dentist or orthodontist can ensure that their mouths are developing properly. And, in the case that your dentist notices an issue, they can use interceptive orthodontics (phase 1 orthodontics) to resolve the issue, and potentially reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in your child’s life.

Did you know…

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All 20 primary teeth usually appear by age three.

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