Gentle Dental of New Baltimore
35521 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047
Good oral health is as vital to your child as good physical health, and the two are inextricably linked. You cannot have good physical health unless you have good oral health.
Taking your child to a children’s dentist at a young age is the best way to instill a lifelong habit of good oral hygiene. All of the dentists at Gentle Dental of New Baltimore in New Baltimore are adept at dentistry for children, but some of them are pediatric dentists.
A pediatric dentist has completed a general dentistry school and then completed at least two additional years of training in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. They’re skilled at making both their young patients and their parents feel at ease in the dentist’s office, so if you’ve been searching for a “childrens dentist near me”, then you need to search no longer. Call our New Baltimore office to schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist in our office, and let us help you put your child on the path to good oral health. Several other of our offices provide dentistry for kids, so call us for more information.
As soon as a child has a tooth that’s fully erupted, they should start their dental visits. One tooth can develop a cavity, especially if the child usually goes to bed with a bottle or sippy cup that contains formula, juice or milk. Those substances contain acid and sugar and when they’re left on the teeth overnight, they can cause the enamel to erode. You should never put your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup unless it contains clear water that has no sugar or flavorings. If your child has two adjacent teeth, they should begin to floss daily. Food particles can lodge between teeth and begin to cause decay, so beginning a regimen of good dental hygiene at an early age can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health.
During your child’s initial visit, your kids dentist will need to examine the teeth for decay and proper alignment. The exam can be conducted in the dental chair if the child is comfortable with that or it can be conducted while the child is on your lap. Never speak negatively to your child about going to the dentist because that can negatively impact their attitude and adversely affect their future oral health.
Usually, children don’t need x-rays, but if your child needs one, we can accommodate that. We are quite adept at getting children to open wide for cleaning and other procedures, and we have several techniques that will help keep your child’s oral health at its best, including:
Baby teeth will begin to erupt when a child is 3 to 4 months old, but this varies by child. Your child’s development schedule will be unique to them, so your child’s first tooth may show earlier or later than this.
Your child should begin losing baby teeth by the age of 5 to 6 years and continue until they’re 10 to 12 years old. This is approximate, however. Teeth will usually fall out in the order in which they appeared but the appearance of your child’s adult teeth will be unique to them.
If your child has an occasional toothache, a visit to your children’s dentist in our New Baltimore office can resolve the issue. If your child has recurring toothaches, there’s probably an issue that needs to be resolved, so call our office and schedule an appointment.
We are among the best in the area for kids’ dental care, so if your child needs dental work, call us today at (586) 933-5521 and let us schedule an appointment. The good oral health of our small patients is our primary objective and we’d love to add you to our extended dental family. Call Gentle Dental of New Baltimore today. We look forward to speaking with you and to working with you and your child.