Every member of the family needs professional dental care, although each person will have unique needs as they pass through the various stages of life. At Laser Dental Associates, our practitioners have the expertise to handle your family’s dental needs, from the youngest to the oldest.
AN EARLY START LEADS TO OPTIMAL ORAL HEALTH
Many parents wonder when they should bring their child in for his or her first dental check-up. The answer to when to begin pediatric dental care differs from dentist to dentist. If you live in the 48310 zip code, or in a neighboring community, your dentist at Laser Dental Associates is happy to see your child as soon as his or her first teeth begin to emerge. We offer tips for oral health long before those first pearly whites are visible.
The health of your child’s teeth and gums begins at birth. Babies are not immune to oral bacteria. These tiny microorganisms are present in all of us, at every age. Although babies have no visible teeth, they are developing beneath the gums. In order to promote oral health, washing your baby’s mouth after feedings is ideal. Cleaning the gums and tongue is as simple as gently rubbing the mouth with a soft, damp cloth.
Once teeth begin to erupt, oral health takes on new meaning. Now there are teeth that can be seen. These teeth are immediately at risk of cavities. By working with your dentist, you can learn how to care for young teeth through proper brushing and flossing, as well as lifestyle habits. One of the habits that is discouraged is letting children go to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. Children with this habit tend to present with more dental problems, starting with cavities and capable of affecting the teeth still forming beneath the gums.
MAINTAINING A GORGEOUS SMILE
Throughout the various stages of life, the mouth develops certain needs. Teens may require teeth straightening, or the removal of wisdom teeth. At every age, we monitor the development of teeth and the overall state of oral health. We take into account the effect biochemistry has on the teeth and gums. For instance, certain people may be more prone to cavities, and treated with dental sealants or fluoride. Women, especially, may be at a higher risk for gum disease due to constant fluctuations in hormone levels. Older adults, as well, develop specific needs, such as the treatment of dry mouth.