Center for Smile Design
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Dr. Michael S. Johnson & Dr. James O'Connell
117 N Washington Street Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203
Phone: (701) 746-1481

Dentistry For Kids

Kids Dental Care!

We love kids and believe it is important for their long-term health to give them a positive first experience in a dental office. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child have their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday (or when their first tooth erupts). Research shows that early detection and good oral health care impacts their general health and can help improve their school readiness. In addition, children benefit from early exposure to the dental office because it alleviates unnecessary future anxiety about the unknown and allows us to establish a relationship for the future.

Your Child’s First Visit

We encourage you to bring your child in for a “get acquainted visit”. We will show them around to help make them familiar with our office and have them sit up in the chair for an examination with our friendly dentist. Your child may choose to sit in your lap, and that’s okay, too! Our goal is for them to be comfortable and relaxed.

We will count their teeth, show them how to brush, and talk about how important it is to take care of their teeth. Our dentists, will also assess their oral health and can discuss with you any concerns with crowding, occlusion (bite), or risk of cavities to ensure they are developing appropriately.

Your child might enjoy watching one of these videos before their visit:

A Child’s First Dentist Visit

Going to the Dentist

Childs First Trip to the Dentist

Peppa Pig – The Dentist

Billy Blue Hair – Why Do I Have To Go To The Dentist?

 

Professional Pediatric Dental Cleaning

We recommend that kids have their teeth cleaned every six months. At that appointment, we will clean their teeth and remove any hardened tartar that may have formed by using hand instruments and a state-of-the-art ultrasonic scaler. We then polish the teeth to remove remaining plaque and stain so they are bright and shiny. We also recommend a fluoride treatment to protect their teeth and keep them healthy and strong.

To view the most recent guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, click here.