Dr. Scott W. Petersen, DMD, MP, SMP

Pediatric Care

At our practice, we enjoy caring for patients of all ages, including children. We are pleased to provide pediatric dentistry to help you keep your child’s smile in good health. We encourage you to bring your child to our dental office every six months for a regular dental exam and cleaning. During this visit, our friendly dentist and dental team will gently clean your child’s teeth and check for signs of dental problems, such as tooth decay. Each member of our dental team is caring and gentle, and we are certain to put your child at ease. We understand that it is important to build a positive, trusting relationship between your child and the dentist at a young age, and we are dedicated to ensuring that your child feels comfortable and safe at our office. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or oral development, we welcome you to ask us during the visit or by calling our dental office.

In addition to bringing your child to our office for regular check-ups, it is important that you help your child establish good oral hygiene habits at home. Teach your child to brush and floss their teeth every day, and help them maintain a balanced, healthy diet. We invite you to call or visit Fillmore Family Dental today to learn more about pediatric dentistry in Fillmore, Utah and how Dr. Scott Petersen can care for you and your family.

Your Child's First Visit

The American Dental Association recommends that children be seen by a dentist 6 months after the eruption of their first tooth. This usually happens around age one. This appointment is a simple visual exam to ensure that everything is developing properly, and there are no dental concerns. Dr. Petersen is happy to provide this service free of charge. As your child grows, so do their dental needs. We will be there every step of the way to ensure optimal dental health. If any needs arise, such as cavities or orthodontics, we will be able to correct them early avoiding more costly and complicated procedures.

We believe your child’s first visit to the dentist is absolutely critical! Making sure they have a fun, positive experience is essential to their overall health. We find that children who love coming to the dentist actually have better checkups, take better care of their teeth, and look forward to returning for 6 month appointments. Our trained team members are great with kids, and will ensure your child has a positive experience at Fillmore Family Dental. Dr. Scott has in-chair televisions to help patients feel relaxed, as well as his fun puppet “Freddy the Flossasaurus” to show your child how to properly care for his/her teeth. Here at Fillmore Family Dental we have many parents tell us their child can’t wait to come to the dentist again.  Dr. Scott loves to hear kids say, “Dr. Petersen, look! I lost my tooth!” when he is outside the office. We invite you and your children to experience the difference at Fillmore Family Dental, and become part of our dental family.

Dental Education School Presentations

Children can learn about the importance of oral hygiene when our dentist visits their school for a dental education presentation. Dr. Scott Petersen volunteers to visit preschools and elementary schools in order to teach kids how to correctly care for their teeth. Please contact our team at Fillmore Family Dental if you would like us to visit your school for a dental education presentation in Fillmore, Utah.

We know how important it is for children to develop healthy habits while they are young. When they understand the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth and eating nutritious food, then they can keep these practices for a lifetime. We make our dental education presentations fun experiences that help your child learn and grow. Our team provides age-appropriate activities that will teach kids how to correctly brush and floss their teeth, which foods they should avoid eating, and why having a healthy smile is so important. If you would like to have us come to your school for a dental education presentation, then call us today!

Dental Hygiene Cleanings

One of the many ways we help to maintain your child’s oral health is through dental cleanings. The mouth is full of bacteria and when it collects into a clear film on teeth, it is called plaque. The plaque bacteria use the sugars found in foods to produce acids that, over time, can eat away through the enamel that surrounds and protects teeth. Children are more likely to develop cavities than adults, so it is even more important for them to receive regular dental hygiene cleanings.

There are many steps to take in a dental hygiene cleaning. We may begin by carefully scaling away tartar from teeth. Tartar is a hardened plaque that cannot be remove with routine brushing. After this step, we may floss between the teeth and brush them. Our team may also polish your child’s smile, so their teeth have a smooth surface that is less likely to collect plaque. Call our office today to learn more about our gentle dental hygiene cleanings.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in earth, water, and food. In fact, most communities in the U.S. add even more of it to the water supply because it prevents tooth decay. Studies show that fluoride strengthens teeth, rebuilds the enamel tissue surrounding teeth, and can even reverse cavities in its early stages. The fluoride mineral is very important for oral health.

Fluoride becomes even more important for children because it helps them to grow strong teeth that last for life. Additionally, children are more susceptible to decay, and having plenty of fluoride in the mouth is essential for preventing cavities. Your child can gain fluoride not only from the water they drink, but also from the treatment we provide at our office. We apply fluoride directly to your child’s smile by either delivering it in a foam or by brushing it on with a varnish. Call us today if you want your child to experience the benefits of our fluoride treatment.

Digital X-rays

It is very important to take routine X-rays of your child’s teeth and jawbone because they are constantly growing and changing. A lot happens in your child’s mouth, from teething to losing baby teeth to the eruption of permanent teeth to developing wisdom teeth. With X-rays, we make sure that your child’s teeth and bite develop correctly. Additionally, children are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults, which makes receiving routine X-rays even more important for their oral health.

Parents who are concerned about their children’s exposure to X-ray radiation don’t need to worry. We use digital X-rays at our office that output a significantly lower amount of radiation in comparison to traditional X-rays. We will also take preventive measures to protect your child when they receive an X-ray by covering them with a protective apron.

Tooth Sealants

A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect your teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth surface over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean your teeth with normal brushing.

Dental sealants are most often recommended for children; our dentist frequently recommends sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or for teeth that have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice. Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how we can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.