In recognition of the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’d like to discuss children’s dentistry, what it means, and why it is important. Excellent oral care from a young age teaches kids the habits that will last their entire lives. And good dental habits result in healthy, natural smiles with minimal restorative procedures required.
At Douglas A. Callow, DDS, we are a family dentistry. In practice for over thirty-five years, we are thrilled to count multiple generations of families amongst our patients. If you live in or around Plymouth, MI and want to find a dental practice to treat you and your children — a practice that will become like family to all of you — call 734-404-7336.
We Make Dental Visits Fun. Yes, Fun.
We want children to have a positive experience at the dentist. We want them to want to return to us. Because we are very conscious of the fact that these early visits are formative. Done wrong, they can set your children up for a lifetime of dental anxiety and poor oral health.
The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your baby to his or her initial appointment at the appearance of the first tooth or before the first birthday. While we will gently clean and examine your child’s teeth, our primary goal at these visits is to introduce kids to our office and make them feel at ease.
It begins in our kid-friendly waiting room, stocked with toys, books, and fun stuff to do. We even have a wall filled with pictures of some of our youngest patients!
Dr. Callow enjoys the company of children so much, he spends his free time visiting local schools and daycares to educate students about the importance of good dental care.
We Offer Services that Children Need
Preventive care is crucial for young children — and patients of all ages. At Douglas A. Callow, DDS, we offer the services your family needs.
All people, from toddlers to seniors, should have dental cleanings and exams every six months. This is essential to catching problems early when they are easiest to treat.
- One of our hygienists will give your mouth a thorough cleaning. We can reach areas you can’t with your toothbrush at home, like under the gumline, and remove built-up plaque and tartar. Once your teeth are clean, we will floss and polish them. Polishing smooths the surface of the enamel, making it more difficult for plaque to stick.
- Dr. Callow will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to check for signs of decay, gum disease, and other problems. Our DIAGNOdent laser cavity detector non-invasively catches cavities in their very earliest stages.
- We may take digital X-rays, which expose you to a fraction of the radiation of conventional X-rays. They enable us to see hidden problems, such as abscesses, impacted teeth, and cavities that occur between teeth.
- We offer optional preventive services, including sealants, fluoride treatments, and mouthguards for active kids. Dr. Callow will be happy to discuss whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your children.
Create Good Habits at Home
If you teach and model good dental behavior from toddlerhood, your child will carry those habits for life.
- Dental hygiene begins before the first teeth appear! Wipe baby’s gums with a soft, wet cloth to wipe away bacteria and acclimate her to a routine.
- Once your child has teeth, begin brushing twice per day with a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush. Use a rice-sized smear of toothpaste for toddlers under three and a pea-sized dab for older kids.
- Let your child pick out his toothbrush and find a toothpaste he likes. This will make him more likely to cooperate.
- Music makes toothbrushing time more fun. The American Dental Association has even compiled a handy playlist.
- When your child has enough teeth that they touch, you should begin helping her floss every day. Plastic flossers make this job easier.
- Rid your pantry of sticky and sweet treats like gummy snacks, chewy granola bars, and even dried fruit. These foods get stuck in the grooves of the teeth and promote the growth of bacteria that give off damaging acids.
- Don’t keep sugary soft drinks, juices, or sports drinks in the house. Encourage your kids to drink water when they’re thirsty. Tap water is especially beneficial, as most water supplies are fortified with fluoride.
For excellent children’s dentistry in Plymouth, MI, request an appointment with Douglas A. Callow, DDS. We have a convenient online form, or you may call our office at 734-404-7336.