Preventative dentistry is necessary for patients of all ages, and typically means attending regular checkup and cleaning appointments at least twice a year. Children should attend their first visit by the time the first tooth erupts, usually between the ages of 6-12 months. After this initial visit, children should begin attending regular preventative visits by the age of three, and continue maintaining that schedule for the rest of their lives.
During your visits, we will thoroughly clean away plaque and tartar, which are the main causes of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. We will also perform a thorough examination to check for signs of issues that may need further attention, including tooth damage, misalignment, oral cancer, and more. At least once a year, we’ll take X-rays to keep your dental records updated, or to improve your diagnosis and treatment planning, if necessary. By maintaining a regular schedule of preventative dental visits, you have an excellent chance of preventing serious dental issues from forming. To schedule your next preventative appointment, call Dimples Family Dentistry in Norwalk, IA, today at 515-256-1176.