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Caring For Your Child’s Smile

By scheduling regular dental appointments for your children, you help them learn healthy habits to preserve their smiles as they grow. At these appointments, they receive the same cleaning and examination as adults with added services to help developing teeth. We also review their brushing and flossing techniques and can point out problem areas that require more attention during their morning and evening routines. Because children are still learning to fully reach the back of their teeth, dental sealants help create a physical barrier between their molars and oral bacteria. Similarly, fluoride treatments at each visit help your child’s teeth remineralize to strengthen their enamel against possible decay.

At your Ankeny, IA dental practice, we look forward to meeting your child and helping them maintain a healthy smile. We offer a welcoming environment to ease your children into their first visits so that they may develop a positive attitude toward taking care of their oral hygiene. By mastering healthy habits early in this stage, we hope to help prevent health problems due to neglect or lack of hygiene.

Welcoming Your Child To Their First Dental Checkups

By introducing your child to routine dental appointments, you set a responsible example of the importance of taking care of their teeth. We advise bringing them in to meet us by their first birthday or whenever their first tooth erupts. At this introduction, we will perform a simple knee-to-knee lap exam so that you may hold them while we inspect their mouths. Later on, beginning around their second birthday we will advise scheduling a visit on a semiannual basis as we do with adults.

Because children are still mastering taking care of their smile, we offer additional services to help protect their teeth from plaque and tartar. By providing fluoride treatments and dental sealants, we hope to prevent cavities while they learn to brush and floss the entirety of their smiles thoroughly.

Treatment For A Child’s Cavity

When we discover a cavity during your child’s checkup, we will suggest removing it right away and restoring it with a dental filling. By protecting their baby teeth, we ensure that they remain in your child’s mouth until the natural time to fall out. Premature loss of a tooth could impact the growth of their jaw, so it is key to maintain healthy teeth at this stage.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Scheduling A Checkup For Your Child

Regular dental checkups combine with your child’s at-home oral hygiene to help provide winning smiles! We look forward to providing care as they grow into healthy adolescents. To schedule a visit for one of your children, please call your Ankeny, IA dentist at (515)207-6182. We also serve patients from Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and other surrounding communities.