August 8, 2016
What do remember about going to the dentist as a kid? What kind of dental care would you like for your children?
We believe in making dental visits as pleasant as they can be for you and your family. This starts from the moment you walk through our doors and continues until you head home after receiving quality care from our staff at Community Shores Dental.
If you are looking for a new family dentist for any reason — you are new to the Norton Shores, MI, area, your dentist recently retired — we would welcome you to visit us to learn more about our approach to dental care.
How Soon Should Preventive Care Begin?
Believe it or not, you can start dental care for your son or daughter when you bring your child home.
Before your little darling gets his or her first tooth, you can use a wet cloth or wet gauze to gently clean his or her gums. When the first tooth emerges, you can begin brushing it with a child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice).
Once your child has two teeth side-by-side, you can start gently flossing between those teeth in addition to the brushing. Your homecare routine is particularly important. Your baby is not capable of handling his or her own oral hygiene, although he or she is capable of developing cavities.
We also recommend bringing your children for their first dental visit within six months of their first teeth erupting or by the time he or she turns one year old.
On Their Own
Your child’s third birthday is a good time to encourage him or her to start brushing his or her own teeth. Make sure your son or daughter has a soft-bristled toothbrush that is comfortable for him or her to use.
They will need a small bit of toothpaste, about the size of a pea. (Coincidentally, this is all you need to use, too.) You may want to oversee the brushing process to demonstrate what he or she should do.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. When you brush, it’s essential that you and your children scrub your teeth on all sides. Also, remind your child to spit out the toothpaste when he or she is finished. (This is another reason to oversee the brushing process.)
You and your children should floss daily, too, according to the ADA. Using about a foot and a half of dental floss, show your child how to wrap the ends around their middle fingers.
They can hold the floss with their index fingers and thumbs as they “hug” the floss around their teeth and under their gumline.
Developing this habit at an early age will reduce their risk of developing cavities and gum disease as they get older.
We encourage you to bring your children for routine cleanings and examinations a couple times every year.
During their visits, a member of our team with give your son or daughter a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. We also will watch for signs or symptoms of oral health problems. The sooner we see something, the easier, more effective, and less expensive the treatment will be.
We offer fluoride treatments, which is another way to keep your children’s teeth healthy. Fluoride is a mineral. When it is applied, fluoride can repair and strengthen the protective enamel on the outside of their teeth.
Our hope is that you and your children will continue to visit us for several years to come.
Our staff enjoys working with and getting to know the kids who come to our office. We want children to see the dentist office as a place where people care about them and their well-being.
This is why we have features in our office aimed at making their visits more enjoyable. We provide toys and games for them to play. We have a dry erase wall, which they can write or draw on. Many children enjoy have their pictures taken with our Disney character decal.
If you’ve never been to our office, we encourage you to stop by. We are located at 6123 Harvey Street in Norton Shores, MI. See for yourself how we approach dental care.
If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, just call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182 or fill out our online form to send us a message.