Children Dentistry Specialist

Northwest Smile Center

Donald Johnson, DDS

Dentist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Good dental health is a matter of good habits, and the easiest way to keep them is to start them early. Regular trips to the dentist should be routine for your child. Donald Johnson, DDS, and the team at Northwest Smile Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, have extensive experience in children’s dentistry for kids of all ages. Book your child’s dental checkup today online or over the phone.

Children Dentistry Q & A

Why is it important for children to go to the dentist?

Good dental habits include regular visits to the dentist, and the earlier your child starts these habits, the easier it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums. 

Your child should meet the dentist within six months of their first tooth, or by age 1, whatever happens first, and they should start getting regular dental cleanings at age 3.

Oral health problems, including tooth decay, can affect children, even before their permanent (adult) teeth come in. Most of these problems are preventable with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to Northwest Smile Center. These habits can and should start at an early age.

Dr. Johnson and the Northwest Smile Center team want your child to look forward to going to the dentist. They have extensive experience treating children and teach your child the importance of dental care. 

As your child gets older, dental appointments help them maintain good habits and catch issues, including the need for orthodontics.

What happens during my child’s dental appointment?

The team at Northwest Smile Center knows that children can be afraid of going to the dentist. They’re trained to help your child relax during their appointment, and take a gentle approach to all dental work. This includes clearly explaining things in kid-friendly, non-threatening language.

As with adult dental checkups, Dr. Johnson and the team clean your child’s teeth, removing any built-up plaque or tartar and examining them for cavities and decay. Your child may also receive a flouride treatment and sealants, which strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.

If your child needs an X-ray, cavity removal, or dental filling, Northwest Smile Center uses specialized equipment and techniques designed with children in mind.

How can I help my child keep their teeth healthy?

The Northwest Smile Center team doesn’t only teach your child proper dental care. They also give you tips to help your child maintain good habits between visits. As a parent, you can help your child keep their teeth and gums healthy by:

  • Reminding them to brush at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time, and floss once a day
  • Limit your child’s intake of sweets and other cavity-causing foods
  • Finding ways to make brushing and flossing fun, rather than a chore

If your child plays sports, it’s important that they wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. Dr. Johnson can provide recommendations.

To schedule a dentist appointment for your child, book one today at Northwest Smile Center, online or over the phone.