As a parent, we understand that your top priorities are your child’s comfort and oral and overall wellbeing. That’s why we aim to accommodate every growing smile that walks through our doors and help them feel at-ease in our dental office. We want to encourage your child to build a positive association with oral health and hygiene and educate them on how to keep their pearly whites in tip-top shape. We offer comprehensive care for infants, toddlers, children, and even teens, so you’ll never have to worry about traveling from specialist to specialist throughout their lives to ensure they receive quality children's dentistry Flint, MI!
During your child’s first visit to our dental office, we want them to get used to all the sounds and people that they’ll be seeing every six months and get them excited about coming back. We’ll start out by examining their teeth and gums to make sure that their mouth is developing properly. We’ll also talk to them about the importance of keeping up with brushing and flossing every day. If they feel comfortable enough already, we’ll conduct a dental cleaning so they know what to expect the next time they visit us.
One of the most common oral health problems that children face is dental decay. This is due to a variety of reasons, such as an untamed sweet tooth or the fact that they’re still learning how to properly brush and floss their teeth. In these cases, we may recommend protective dental sealants. These are thin, clear coatings that we can paint over the molars to act as raincoats and prevent debris and plaque from building up in the grooves of their teeth and causing cavities. The process is quick, easy, and completely painless!
Does your child play on a local athletic team or participate in school sports? There’s one thing that no athlete should go without, and that’s a protective sportsguard. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care, we make custom-fitted mouthguards to protect their jaw, teeth, and face from potential injuries that they could experience on the field. That way, you can enjoy watching them play with the peace-of-mind that they’re safe.
It’s not uncommon for infants to have lip or tongue-ties, which is a condition that can make it difficult for them to latch while breastfeeding or cause indigestion problems. This occurs when the pieces of skin that attach their lips to their gums or tongue to the floor of their mouth is overgrown, limiting their ability to move and maneuver them as they need to. We offer frenectomies, where we’ll remove the overgrown portion of tissue and help them regain their mouth’s full range of motion.
Children have a completely natural coping mechanism of thumb-sucking and using pacifiers to help them feel safe and comforted. However, as they get older and their teeth are beginning to grow in, this habit may start to cause issues. The constant force of sucking can affect their developing dental structure, causing orthodontic issues that may require serious intervention down the road. Our team is happy to help your child break these habits to ensure that their smile stays healthy.
If your child suddenly begins complaining about a severe toothache, it could be due to an infection that has weaseled its way deep into the inner chamber, where their pulp is hidden. The pulp is a cluster of nerves and soft tissue that can cause severe pain when it becomes damaged or infected. In these cases, we can provide your child with pulp therapy to help ease their pain. We’ll remove the affected pulp from their tooth, sanitize the area, and place a protective dental crown over the top of it so they can continue using it as they normally would.