As a parent, few things can be more heartwarming than your child’s smile. However, that precious gift can be remarkably fragile if it is not properly cared for. For this reason, parents are often brimming with questions about their children’s oral health. The time has that those questions were answered. Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, has the answers to your most frequently asked questions about children’s dentistry.
Are fillings necessary in baby teeth?
Fillings are absolutely necessary in baby teeth. Without a filling, a damaged tooth can continue to decay and become infected, and it can even fall out prematurely. If a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread throughout the mouth and even throughout the body, causing the child to become sick. If a tooth falls out too soon, the surrounding teeth may grow into the vacated area, leading to orthodontic problems in the child’s future.
When should a child’s attend his or her first dental visit?
A child should attend his or her first dental visit six months after the first tooth emerges or at around one year of age, whichever is sooner. Early dental visits allow your child to begin developing a relationship with Dr. Johnson, your Des Moines children’s dentist. They also allow Dr. Johnson to examine your child’s teeth as they grow in.
Do children without teeth require oral care?
It is a good practice to clean a baby’s gums with a washcloth before the teeth emerge. Once teeth emerge, you can buy a small toothbrush and begin brushing.
Should children floss their teeth?
Absolutely. Floss cleans surfaces of the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, bacteria can linger between teeth and cause damage.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Children’s Dentist
Your Des Moines children’s dentist, Dr. Johnson, makes children’s oral hygiene a priority. During checkups, children learn the basics of oral care. Your child should attend regular dental visits every six months. If it’s been six months since your child’s last dental visit, schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.