for kids is a theme at Dental Associates. There is a monthly tooth fairy club,
drawings for bikes and book bags and a pumpkin patch in October, as well as the
annual Halloween candy buy back.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space
for permanent teeth, but they are important to chewing,
biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is
important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the
two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your
baby is about six to eight months old. Next to follow
will be the four upper front teeth and the remainder of
your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will
usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until
the child is about two- or two-and-a-half years old.
Between two and three years old, your child should have
all 20 teeth. Between the ages of five and six, the
first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the
permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t
worry if some teeth are a few months early or late
because all children are different.
child’s first visit to the dentist should occur by the
child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is
usually short and involves very little treatment. We may
ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their
child during the examination. We will gently examine
your child’s teeth and gums. If possible, x-rays may be
taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your
child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean
your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help
protect the teeth against decay. The child will receive
a toothbrush, some dental floss, a pencil and some
stickers after their treatment. We will also review with
you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. The
first visit to the dentist should create a fun memory
and help the child have a positive attitude about going
to the dentist.
Some first visit tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” tour of the
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing
at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental
Decorah Dentist - Dental Associates of
Decorah P.C. - Dr. Eric Shelton,
Dr. Paul Ostlie, Dr. Mark Buitenwerf
501 Sanford Street Decorah, IA 52101 - Tel -
563-382-2441 - Fax - 563-382-6048
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