Children’s Dentistry – For Our Special Little Patients
We offer all patients quality care and personalized service, even the smallest ones. Dr. Greenfield realizes that young children have unique dental needs, so we tailor their treatment accordingly. With children’s dentistry, we partner with parents and children to develop good hygiene habits and lasting dental health.
Regular dental checkups are an important part of protecting your child’s smile. Children as young as one should visit the dentist after their first baby tooth erupts, and routine checkups and cleanings should begin by age four or five. During these appointments, Dr. Greenfield and our team will spend time making sure your child feels comfortable and secure with us. Building a solid foundation now can ensure a lifetime of gorgeous smiles for your children.
Will Dr. Greenfield provide dental care for my entire family? Even my kids?
Absolutely. Dr. Greenfield is a family dentist – a general dentist who cares for patients of all ages. Your children are welcome, as are your parents, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. If you have questions about the care we provide for children, just give us a call!
How soon should I bring my kids in to see Dr. Greenfield?
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 you stay healthy. By age three, kids should see Dr. Greenfield twice a year for a checkup. Around age four or five, a child should also attend regular, six-month cleanings with our hygienist.
Should I be concerned about my child’s baby teeth?
Absolutely. Not only do baby teeth serve as placeholders until your child’s permanent teeth erupt, but they also help your child learn to speak and chew properly. Care for the baby teeth as you would permanent teeth, brushing and flossing regularly. Be sure to have cavities filled, as well. Tooth decay can spread from baby teeth to un-erupted, underlying permanent teeth.
Can thumb sucking or pacifier use hurt my child’s teeth?
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.
How can I protect my child’s teeth during athletic activities?
Whether you have young kids who play soccer or older teens involved with high school sports, like football and basketball, you need to 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 Dr. Greenfield about the benefits of a custom-made mouth guard.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Appointment
To schedule your child’s next dental appointment, 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.
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