Just like you, your child needs to care for his/her smile to enjoy good oral health. In addition to brushing and flossing at home, children also need to see the dentist for routine visits. When should the first visit occur? Do kids need to see us every six months? What treatments do we offer children?
The First Visit
You may be surprised to learn the first visit should happen as soon as one year. Around this time or shortly before, the first baby tooth should erupt. At this point, your little one needs an initial visit. The first visit rarely involves treatment, instead the doctor will monitor your child’s smile to make sure the teeth are erupting properly. The checkup also introduces your child to the sights and sounds of the dental office.
Routine Checkups Every Six Months
Afterward, a checkup will be recommended every six months. We will continue to monitor your child’s smile, watching for warning signs of tooth decay and misalignment. If necessary we can recommend fillings and other treatments. We will also perform cleanings to help keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful.
As part of our approach to children’s dentistry, we also offer preventive treatments. For example, a fluoride treatment can be used to strengthen the outer enamel, helping to safeguard the teeth against decay. We can also place dental sealants. The sealants are a special plastic coating placed over the back teeth, which are hard or kids to reach when brushing. The sealant prevents food from becoming stuck between these teeth, reducing the risk of cavities. You don’t need to worry about removing the plastic coating, as it simply wears away naturally and safely with time.
Does Your Child Need a Checkup?
At Lawson Family Dentistry, we can monitor your child’s smile and offer treatments to help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.. Dr. Lawson and her team proudly welcome patients of all ages from Urbandale, IA, as well as Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please call our Urbandale office today at (515) 278-4366.