West Des Moines Dentist on Children’s Preventive Dentistry

As Halloween approaches, children of all ages could be at risk for dental caries (the disease that leads to (cavities). Taking the proper measures to ensure optimal oral health should begin early in your child’s life. Your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, shares some information regarding the preventive children’s dentistry services she offers.

Early Bird Gets the Fluoride

Even before the age of six, children’s dentition can be permanently influenced. Although fluoridation exists in tap water and toothpaste, additional precautions can be taken. Protecting tooth enamel is vital to maintaining optimal oral health. Bacteria in the mouth known as Streptococcus mutans react with starches and sugars, producing acid that attacks and weakens your tooth enamel. Staving off decay before the age of six with topical fluoride treatments could make a profound impact on the strength and durability of permanent teeth developing underneath the primary (baby) ones. In addition to topical fluoride, make sure to continue using fluoridated toothpaste in conjunction with tap water.

Seal of Approval

Molars are the most cavity-ridden teeth of young mouths. With the influx of unhealthy Halloween candy that most children are sure to be subjected to this season, application of dental sealants is a viable preventive measure. The back teeth, called molars, are used for chewing and tend to be a gathering point for food and bacteria. The grooves and crevices on the molar’s chewing surface serve as an excellent hiding spot for bacteria. These areas are difficult to fully clean, especially for young tooth brushers, and prolonged exposure to food particles and bacteria on teeth could lead to increased cavity development. As a preventive measure, dental sealants literally seal off the tooth’s surface to prevent contact with harmful bacteria and residual food particles.

One of the many perks of dental sealants is its dramatic length of utilization. In many cases, sealants can last for 5 to 7 years on molars. Typically, the development of molars occurs around the age of six for most young patients.

Schedule Your Visit

If you’re concerned about protecting young teeth this Halloween, Dr. Johnson can help. At Valley Ridge Family Dental we provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Whether you’re in need of a root canal or a simple checkup, contact our 50265 dentist office by calling (515) 223-9764 to schedule a consultation today. We proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.

Contact

MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm