Our goal at Birch Street Dental Care is to help keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. We do this by recommending dental treatment start at a young age. Your child should visit the dentist no later than his/her third birthday.
Typically, the first dental visit is short and involves very little treatment. The goal is to give your child a chance to get to know the dentist in a friendly, non-threatening way.
During this visit the dentist will:
- Thoroughly examine your child’s teeth for tooth decay
- Examine your child’s gums and soft tissue for disease or problems
- Evaluate your child’s bite
- Identify any potential problems
- Show you how to properly clean your child’s gums and teeth at home.
- Answer any questions or concerns
Here are some “First Visit” tips:
- Take your child for a preview of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
We offer different preventative measures for children at various stages of their development. We often place dental sealants on six and twelve year molars. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the surface of a tooth that seals the cracks and grooves shut to prevent cavities from forming in the future.
Fluoride occurs naturally, both in foods and in water, and is generally very beneficial for your teeth. It is capable of reducing the risk of tooth decay and cavities, as well as preventing plaque buildup on the surface of your teeth. Fluoride treatments are given twice yearly to make the adult teeth very strong while they are forming. Fluoride also helps to prevent decay on baby teeth.
Cavities are more prevalent in children that consume a diet high in sugary foods/drinks or in those that do not brush and floss regularly.
Here are a few tips for snacking and mealtime.
- Give your child healthy snack foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables and cheese
- Buy foods that are sugar-free or unsweetened
- Serve sugary or starchy foods as part of a meal rather than as a snack.
- Try to avoid sticky foods unless your child plans to brush right after he or she eats them
We want our children in Kalkaska, Michigan, to be free of cavities and have happy, healthy teeth. Please call to schedule an appointment for your child today.