Comprehensive Family Dentistry in Moorhead, MN
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Pediatric Dentistry

Children 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 on, 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. Our dentists often suggest dental sealants, which are 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.

If you are planning your child’s dental care, read some frequently asked questions below.

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist by their first birthday. Dr. Skatvold and Dr. Johnson promote pediatric dental visits to help children become familiar and comfortable in the dentist’s office. A scheduled visit for teeth cleaning should occur around age three.

At a first dental visit, one of our dentists will introduce your child to the people and tools at our Moorhead office. He will give your little one a ride in the dental chair and take a quick look inside their mouth. If he notices any cause for concern, he’ll recommend treatment.

In most cases, children should begin professional dental cleaning visits by age three.

If at any time you have concerns about your child’s oral health or development, you should schedule a visit immediately.

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.

Have more questions about our pediatric dentist services?

Feel free to reach out to us any time! Our goal is to educate your children so they can develop good habits that will last throughout their life.