Compassionate Dentistry for Our Littlest Patients
Young children have unique dental health needs compared to adults and older patients, and meeting them takes more than simply personalizing their treatment options. For example, we not only take care to help your child feel more comfortable during their visit, but also help parents teach children how to develop good hygiene and oral health habits. Like adults, however, children require routine checkup and cleaning visits to keep their smiles healthy. We may also recommend additional preventive measures, such as fluoride and dental sealants, to temporarily boost your child’s ability to prevent issues such as cavities. If you’d like to learn more about the compassionate dental care we offer all children, feel free to explore more of our site by clicking one of the links below:
A few children’s dentistry FAQs
Q: How soon should I bring my kids to the dentist’s office?
A: Children should visit our office for the first time before age two. Bring your child to your dental visit, and we’ll help your little one learn that the dentist’s office is a fun place with friends who help them stay healthy. By age three, kids should visit at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.
Q: Can thumb sucking or pacifier use hurt my child’s teeth?
A: These early forms of self-soothing generally may subside before they cause problems. If your child still sucks his or her thumb past age two, talk with Dr. Greenfield about how to handle the situation. Sucking on a pacifier or thumb for an extended period can alter the bite and cause an overbite, which can only be addressed with orthodontics later in life.
Q: How can I protect my child’s teeth during athletic activities?
A: Whether you have young kids who play soccer or older teens involved with high school sports, like football and basketball, you should consider an athletic mouth guard. Made of soft plastic, these appliances protect teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sports-related injuries. You can purchase mouth guards from sporting goods stores, or ask us about the benefits of a custom-made mouth guard.
Schedule a visit for your child
Our unique approach to dental care and extensive experience in providing caring, compassionate treatment makes us especially equipped to offer high-quality dentistry to children of all ages. To schedule an appointment for your child, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.