Ankeny, Ia dentist offers children's dentsitry

Kids Need Dental Care, Too

At Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, we offer care for adults and children. Your kid’s dental health is just as important, possibly even more than, your own. You can bring your little one in for their first visit as soon as they have grown in their first tooth. While this may seem young, starting their visits at this age can help them establish a consistent routine that they can stick to for a lifetime.

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How Pediatric Dental Visits Differ From Adults

Kids’ dental checkups are fairly similar to the adult ones that you may be familiar with. You should take your child in twice a year for their cleaning and examination. During these visits, their teeth will be cleaned, and plaque will be removed to help prevent cavities. X-rays or intraoral images will be taken to get a closer look at their smile. The dentist will use these images to find signs of cavities, misalignment, and many other problems. If this is your little one is first visit, the primary goal will be to help them feel comfortable in our office. By helping them feel at ease during their checkup, they are less likely to have a fear of the dentist as they grow up.

Helping Your Child Prevent Cavities

A common problem that pediatric patients face is tooth decay. To help prevent cavities, make sure to teach your child proper oral hygiene and bring them to the dentist regularly. If it seems that your little one is more susceptible to cavities, their dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment or sealants. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in drinking water and some oral hygiene products. It can also be applied after cleaning to help further protect against decay. Sealants are another protective barrier that can be used. This is a thin layer of material that is added on the top of teeth, usually molars, to prevent food particles from sticking to the grooves. Usually, this is recommended after the permanent molars have developed.

Providing Care Throughout Their Life

Dental care should not stop after childhood. You should continue coming in for your biannual visit throughout your entire life. These visits can help prevent many problems, including cavities, gum disease, and teeth grinding habits. In addition to prevention, you can use these visits as an opportunity to improve the appearance of your smile. Our team offers cosmetic treatments including teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers, which can help enhance your pearly whites. If you are interested in these treatments, schedule a consultation with our team today.

Schedule Their Appointment Today

We treat patients of all ages. To schedule a visit with our team, call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA at (515) 965-0230.