Children’s Dental Health with The Dental Loft

Children’s Dental Health with The Dental Loft

Children’s Dental Health with The Dental Loft

Visiting the dentist is not usually everyone’s favorite thing to do whether you are an adult or a child, but our oral health is extremely important. It is even more important that our children are receiving regular dental care. Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic condition of childhood in the United States? This is something that can easily be prevented with regular brushing and dentist visits.

It is important to research and find a dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry. Not only are they properly trained to take care of infants and children, but they also provide a welcoming kid-friendly environment that takes away many of the stressors for children.

We are so grateful that our family has discovered The Dental Loft in Urbandale, Iowa. Dr. Stefanie Donnell-Randall offers pediatric dentistry and general preventative dentistry for adults too. It has been great for our entire family to be able to visit the same dentist.

The moment you walk into The Dental Loft you receive the warmest welcome and are invited to sit, have a cup of coffee or water, and your children can play with many different toys.

Amelia enjoyed playing ‘dentist’ with the larger than life mouth and toothbrush.

Monte had fun putting together the mouth puzzles which had all the parts of the mouth labeled. Educational and fun!

One of the things that make The Dental Loft unique is their assortment of costumes children are invited to dress up in as they have their teeth cleaned and checked. This is such a fun way for the kids to be able to put that fear behind them and image themselves as a superhero or princess.

Questions. Questions. What child does not ask a million questions? The patience of the technicians at The Dental Loft is incredible. They take the time to answer all the questions that my children ask including showing them how the special instruments work.

Adult or child, another huge perk is to be able to pick out a show on Netflix! This is a great way to make the teeth cleaning fly by in no time.

No trip to the dentist complete without a small prize and goodie bag. New toothbrushes for everyone!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. If you have children at home and are not sure what oral care they may need right now, give The Dental Loft a call. They can help answer your questions and get your family set up for their first visit.

Take note! Here are 5 Facts from The Dental Loft

Healthy dental habits begin before baby’s teeth erupt

Before baby’s teeth erupt, use a soft cloth or an infant toothbrush to wipe baby’s gums after feedings. This will help prepare babies for toothbrushing and it also keeps their gums clear of bacteria.

Children should have a dental visit by the time they are one year old

A baby should have their first dental visit within 6 months of the first tooth erupting in the mouth, and no later than age 1.  These early visits help teach parents how to care for baby’s teeth and how to prevent dental problems from starting.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition affecting children in the U.S.

Tooth decay, aka cavities, is the most common chronic condition of childhood, with an estimated 43% of children affected. 

Tooth decay is preventable

Ways to help prevent cavities from forming include daily removal of plaque from teeth using a toothbrush and floss, choosing healthy foods, and visiting your dentist twice a year for checkups to catch and conservatively treat any areas of concern before they have a chance to progress into a larger problem.

Candy is not the only culprit in poor dental health

Many foods common in our diet today can cause tooth decay. Snacking throughout the day on juice or other sugary drinks, crackers, chips, cookies, bread, or other starchy foods can increase the likelihood that cavities will develop.  When consuming these items it is best to do so at a meal instead of grazing on them throughout the day. Raw fruits, vegetables, and cheese are healthy snack choices for your teeth!

The Dental Loft Contact Information

Address | 4555 NW 156th Street, Suite E, Urbandale

Phone | 515-200-2283

Website | https://thedentalloftdm.com/

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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