Dentistry for Children
At Moffitt Dental, dentistry for children is about more than bright, healthy smiles. Drs. Michael and Jordan Moffitt want to make sure your child’s visit is rewarding and fun, so there’s no fear of “next time”. That's why our kids dentistry team will always take extra time to earn the trust of both you and your child, to make sure each trip to the dentist is a pleasant, calm experience.
If your child is anxious, ask us about our sedation dentistry options that could make their appointment more relaxing.
Your Child’s First Visit
As parents themselves, Drs. Michael and Jordan Moffitt understand how scary new experiences, especially medical ones, can be for children. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at our Eagle Grove dental practice, they don’t have to be! At Moffitt Dental, we take special care to turn your child’s visit into a memory they will look back on fondly—so they can look forward to their visits in the future!
We recommend your child’s first dental appointment be scheduled with us as soon as possible after they turn 3. That way we can ensure their smile stays healthy from the very beginning!
Preventive Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months. These visits allow Dr. Moffitt to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child.
Dr. Moffitt may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Moffitt often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Composite Tooth Fillings
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Moffitt Dental, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
Protective Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Moffitt Dental, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Moffitt may recommend a crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Moffitt will perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
If your child is anxious, has special needs, or just needs extra help staying calm and comfortable, Dr. Moffitt may recommend nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a completely safe way to help children receive the dental care they need without anxiety or fear.
Once the dental treatment is over, the gas will be completely out of their system after just a few minutes. Nitrous oxide is widely considered to be low risk. At Moffitt Dental, our goal is to always care for your child’s dental health in the safest way possible.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole. If your wisdom tooth’s growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth, or cannot fully erupt, we may consider extraction.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your child's entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental stage of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give our Eagle Grove dental practice a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Moffitt today!