Christopher T. Cowherd, DDS
974 73rd Street, Suite 2
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
(515) 223-8008

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When should I bring my children to the dentist?
We want to see your child when they have teeth! Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends children have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. Otherwise, we'd like to begin teaching your children how to care for their teeth and gums when they reach three or four years of age. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.

Why do I need a dental appointment if I don’t have any oral health problems?
Our office adheres to the American Dental Association’s recommendation that all people with good oral health visit the dentist for a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months. In some cases, more frequent checkups and cleanings are necessary. We will schedule your next visit before you leave your appointment, so you’ll know exactly when to come see us again. Since six months is a long time, we’ll also contact you to remind you about your visit about a week prior to the appointment.

How can Dr. Cowherd replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implant restorations to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our services page, then call for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, the dentist can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.

What is a cosmetic dentist?
Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, so any general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. To choose a good cosmetic dentist, review the doctor’s before-and-after photos of actual cases, ask about his or her postgraduate education in cosmetic dentistry, and make sure that you feel confident and comfortable in the office.

What constitutes a dental emergency?
If you experience trauma to your mouth that results in breaking, loosening, or losing a tooth, call us! Bleeding lesions in the mouth are also a concern. If you get an acute toothache, we’ll do our best to see you immediately. We are available by phone 24/7 for emergency dental care. However, if you cannot reach us, please go to the nearest emergency room for prompt treatment.

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It’s time you experience personalized dentistry. In our Windsor Heights dental office, Dr. Christopher Cowherd serves families in the entire Greater Des Moines Area including West Des Moines, Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Waukee and nearby communities. We are easy to find, located just north of Interstate 235 next to the Walnut Creek Family YMCA. We’d like to meet you, get to know you, and provide excellent, contemporary dental care for you and your loved ones. Call Walnut Creek Family Dentistry of Des Moines today to reserve convenient appointments for the smiles closest to your heart!