Preventive Care

Hudsonville MI Children's Dentists

Tooth decay isn’t just for adult teeth. Cavities affect children as well and some may even be prone to issues prior to the eruption of baby teeth. The good news is that our Hudsonville, MI, pediatric dentists provide preventive services that help your child start life right with a healthy smile. From dental sealants to teeth cleanings and more, we put the oral health of your little ones first.

Learn more about what we offer inside our Hudsonville, MI, pediatric dental office and why below.

Our Range of Preventive Dental Services

As your child grows, our pediatric dental team will monitor their oral development, ensuring their permanent adult teeth come in as they should and remain in good health. To best accomplish this, we recommend that your child get an oral examination and teeth cleaning at least every 6 months in addition to at-home care to promote a healthy smile.

Our services for preventive dental care include:

The Significance of Baby Teeth 

Baby teeth help your child chew, talk, and smile. They also hold space in your child’s jaw for their permanent teeth. If your child prematurely loses a baby tooth, for instance, other teeth will tilt toward the empty space and result in crowding unless our dentists place a space maintainer. Though not necessary for all children, the oral appliance can prove useful after emergency dental treatment or a planned extraction.

Learn MoreIs a Space Maintainer Needed for My Child?

In short, we can’t overstate the importance of preventive dental care. It allows our team to catch issues early before they worsen, and course correct when appropriate. Many people think baby teeth don’t matter because they eventually fall out, but they play a key role in the beginning of your child’s life!

When to Schedule Your Child’s First Visit

Generally, it’s recommended that you schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment as soon as their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. That way, we’ll be able to help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums from the start.

Introducing your child to our office at an early age will also help them feel more comfortable in the exam chair. During the infant oral health exam, our pediatric dentists will answer any questions you may have about your baby’s oral hygiene and offer tips that you can put into action at home.

One such piece of advice would be to use a wet washcloth, piece of gauze, or silicone finger-slip toothbrush to clean their gums until teeth have appeared. After they poke through, then you can use a small toothbrush and a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste.

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Schedule a Cleaning For Your Child

Our pediatric dentists in Hudsonville, MI, are here to help your child’s smile grow big and strong. If you’re looking for a place that’s perfect for infants, toddlers, and teens, look no further! To schedule an appointment, call Hudsonville Dental Kids, today at (616) 209-4039.

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