We Answer Your Dental Questions in Aberdeen

Our helpful team is here to answer all your Aberdeen dental questions. Look below and see if we have the answers you’re looking for here, or feel free to call us at (605) 277-9049 to ask us any other questions. Aberdeen Smiles wants you to have your best, healthiest smile!

Q: When does my child need to start brushing teeth?

This is a great question because many parents don’t really think about brushing until much later than they should. We see many toddlers and preschoolers with cavities, and this is part of why that happens! You should begin “brushing” your baby’s gums with a clean cloth at around 3-4 months old to keep the gums clean and ready for baby teeth. Once those teeth begin arriving, you can continue to use the clean cloth but will want to transition to an infant brush and toothpaste at around 6 months. And don’t forget the floss! Use a flosser to begin cleaning between teeth as soon as your baby has two teeth that are touching.

Q: When should my child have their first dental visit?

The American Dental Association suggests that your child should see the dentist at either 6 months old or whenever their first tooth erupts, but there is no hard-and-fast rule. If you’d like to know if it’s time for your little one to see us, feel free to ask our dental team here at Aberdeen Smiles.

Q: What is the difference between family dentistry and general dentistry?

The difference is essentially in whom the dentist treats. Many general dentists do not treat young children. Aberdeen Smiles has family dentists who treat patients regardless of how young or old they are. Drs. Drake and Fettig will make sure you and your whole family have great-looking and great-functioning smiles.

Q: What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement roots for your teeth. They fill the same role as your natural tooth roots and teeth. You will have a solid restorative dental crown placed onto your implant, or you may have a denture or other full-arch restoration placed on multiple implants to complete your smile.

We have many dental implant options to cater to your unique situation and can do everything from start to finish right here in our Aberdeen, SD dental office. Our team will help you choose the option that will best help your smile.

Q: What should I do if I have a tooth knocked out?

The first thing you should do is call Aberdeen Smiles for an emergency dental appointment. After that, you need to find the tooth and clean it off with warm water. Then place it in a cup of milk. This will help it stay alive while you travel to our Aberdeen dental office to have it put back into your mouth.

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