We Enjoy Treating Children
Our team strives to make children of all ages feel at ease and enjoy their visit, so bring the entire family along!
You can relax knowing your child will receive the latest advances in children’s dentistry, delivered with caring,
thoughtfulness, and compassion. We encourage good dental care habits in children and enjoy teaching them how to keep
their teeth healthy. We look forward to meeting them for their first dental visit when they cut their first tooth and
then watching them grow year after year.
One of our goals is to make sure that current and future generations of children grow up without fear of dental offices.
According to our many happy parents, we are doing just that! Our office is a relaxed and cheerful place that kids love
to visit. Whether you have an active six-year-old or a scared three-year-old, our team is here to help you.
Selecting a Child’s Dentist is Like Choosing Their Pediatrician
Developing good habits early, in an environment that’s comfortable and fun, is essential for a life of good oral health.
Children’s teeth can be vulnerable to cavities at a young age due to several factors. They can’t brush well on their own.
For this reason, it is important that parents be involved in their child’s daily dental care. This ensures thorough cleaning
and the development of proper dental habits. Younger kids tend to eat more often during the day (called grazing). This often
results in extended exposure to acid (every time you eat you make acid), which may lead to more cavities.
A tooth that is not properly cleaned will cause the generation of additional acid and can accelerate the development of cavities.
However, identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can
lower the chance of your child getting a cavity.
Child Cavity Prevention – the Easy Way!
Children often don’t do a good job of brushing their teeth. This applies to adults too! Even meticulous brushing may not reach
the deeper grooves in the back teeth. This contributes to bacteria, acids, and plaque formation, which will lead to decay. Once
the tooth has decay, it is permanently damaged and will need either a filling or crown.
However, there is a way to help prevent all this from happening. The application of dental sealants will do the trick. Here’s
how sealants work: The teeth are cleaned and sterilized. A thin white or clear plastic coating is applied. A curing light bonds
the sealant into place. The whole procedure takes just a few minutes. There are no shots, drills or tooth structure removal. It’s
The addition of dental sealants is one of the best preventive things both children and adolescents can do to protect their natural teeth!
Neuromuscular Dentistry is for Kids Too!
Bite problems, headaches, facial pain and difficulty breathing are problems that don’t just affect adults. Kids can have these
problems as well. Dr. Skinner has trained in children’s neuromuscular orthodontics with focus on understanding facial development,
skeletal misalignment, airway obstruction, and the importance of early intervention with specialized orthodontic treatment. Early
detection and treatment of bite problems and airway obstruction in children is very important to prevent these issues from developing
further and creating additional problems. We don’t want our children to have severe problems later in life!
Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today at (515) 412-4200 to schedule a visit for everyone.