Dentistry for Children
Kids are special – and so are their smiles! Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson and our team enjoy teaching children and teens how to properly care for their teeth. By establishing a fun outlook on dental visits and oral health early, your children will be equipped to keep their teeth healthy throughout life. We’ll also give you tools and information to help your child develop a healthy, strong smile.
Back teeth can be difficult for children to keep clean. When sugars, starches, and food particles on back teeth aren’t removed during brushing and flossing, they lead to cavities. Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson often suggests dental sealants, clear plastic coatings that form a barrier to protect young teeth from decay. Fluoride supplements also deter cavities by attracting minerals that strengthen tooth enamel. These quick, easy, and painless procedures go a long way toward preserving dental health in children.
Read our frequently asked questions below. They may be helpful to you in planning your child’s dental care. If you have questions of your own, we’ll be happy to answer them. Just call us at your convenience.
When should my child first visit Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson?
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist by their first birthday. Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson promotes early childhood dental visits to help children become familiar and comfortable in the dentist’s office. Bring your child to your cleaning or checkup, if you’d like. An actual scheduled visit for your child should occur around age three.
What will happen at a child’s first dental visit?
At a first dental visit, Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson will introduce your child to the people and tools at our Moorhead, MN office. He’ll give your little one a ride in the dental chair and take a quick look inside the child’s mouth. If he notices any cause for concern, he’ll recommend treatment. Our goal is to provide you – the parent – with education, training, and tools to help your child take care of his or her teeth at home.
At what age do children need to begin seeing the hygienist for cleanings?
In most cases, children should begin professional dental cleaning visits by age three.
What should I do if I notice that my child’s teeth aren’t developing properly?
If at any time you have concerns about your child’s oral health or development, please schedule a visit immediately.
Do teenagers need wisdom teeth removed?
Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson can discuss wisdom tooth removal with you at your child’s visit. The procedure is easier for a young person to undergo than for an adult. However, not everyone needs wisdom tooth extraction.