Des Moines Iowa's Dental for Children
Iowa Dental Group helps supply full-service dental services for children and patients with special needs. Our passion is both educating children and parents about effective approaches to take care of their teeth and gums to ensure the optimum dental health and prevent the onset of dental diseases. Good dental health starts with appropriate nutrition, regular flossing and brushing, the ideal quantity of fluoride, and timely examinations.
Our office serves babies, children, adolescents and children with special healthcare needs in Des Moines, IA. We concentrate heavily on preventive services to help every child develop a healthy smile they can be proud of for years to come. Contact us today at (515) 277-6358.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists dedicate themselves to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child's teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
Your First Visit
The ideal time for your child’s first visit to our office is around the time of his or her first birthday. The first visit allows us to evaluate the development of your child’s mouth, review how to care for these new teeth and help stop or prevent any harmful habits. Prevention and education in dental matters are two of the best treatments we can offer. We believe the best dentistry starts at home!
Our staff is highly experienced, and we work with children of all ages. We strive to make every visit to our office healthful, educational and enjoyable for both the child and the parent.
We recognize that many adults have had or still have ‘dental anxieties’ and that sometimes those anxieties may be inadvertently or subconsciously conveyed to your child. To avoid this, we’ve outlined some pre-planning tips you as the parent can do to help both you and your child have a great experience at our office.
Very young children don’t have a realistic sense of time. Wait until the day of the appointment to inform your child. Tell them you’re going to visit a tooth doctor who will count their teeth and teach them how to take care of their teeth.
We have plenty of toys, books, and videos in the office – most kids don’t want to leave!
Emphasize the adventure of visiting a new place, meeting new people and being the center of attention. Do NOT use words like ‘drill,’ ‘hurt’ or ‘needle’ – they are inappropriate and will only create anxiety in your child.
We examine infants and toddlers while sitting on their parent’s lap in the dental chair.
If your child has a particular toy or a blanket they rely on when they are anxious, please bring it to the appointment. We check teeth of dolls and stuffed animals, too, so if your child has a favorite one, please bring it!
Most of our treatment spaces are in open rooms that make it easy for parents to be present during the examination, allowing them to interact with the doctors and staff. We explain everything in an age-appropriate manner, so your child learns while having fun.
What Happens during the Exam?
At every exam we will review your child’s health history; take any necessary x-rays; clean your child’s teeth (if any are present); conduct a thorough clinical examination of your child’s mouth, palate, gums, tongue and teeth; and teach them about healthy food choices and how to brush and floss their teeth. Prevention in dentistry is the best treatment we can offer!
After every examination, we provide parents with essential information about your child’s dental health:
- An assessment of your child's risk for decay;
- An evaluation of your child's soft tissues and gums;
- An assessment of your child's bite and dental growth; and
- An assessment of your child's oral health as it pertains to his or her overall health including suggestions about nutrition.
We have always prided ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee. One that the patient is willing to pay with gratitude and we are willing to accept with gratitude. Our patients are satisfied when treatment is completed or we will continue to strive to meet our own high expectations.
Iowa Dental Group
You place a lot of trust in your dentist, and we will always be honest with you. This philosophy of educating our patients has been the hallmark of why we have been successful for over 30 years.
Smiles for Miles!
We have so many terrific reviews it's impossible for us to list them all! Thanks for supporting Iowa Dental Group with your gratitude.
Iowa Dental Group prides ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee.
We have over 100 years of combined experience in our office and look forward to answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your overall oral health.
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