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Why Preventive Dentistry Is Crucial to Your Child’s Health

November 26, 2021
Posted By: Valleau, VanDeven & Massie Dentistry for Children
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To help prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease, preventive dentistry is your best defense. And this goes for patients of all ages.

Through prevention, we can stop oral health conditions before they start, which is the key to a lifetime of healthy teeth.

What Happens at Your Child’s Checkup and Teeth Cleaning in Rockford, MI?

We provide age-appropriate dentistry for children of all ages. So very young children, especially if it is their first visit to our dental office, will enjoy a ride in the dental chair, a fun chat with the dentist and other team members, and a quick but thorough exam of the teeth. Of course, at this early stage, the dentist wants to ensure that teeth are coming in correctly.

At subsequent visits, we provide comprehensive exams, dental x-rays as needed, and (when age-appropriate) professional teeth cleanings.

If your child has recurring cavities or weak tooth enamel, our children’s dentist in Grand Rapids may recommend dental sealants and fluoride treatments, respectively.

We can diagnose emerging issues that have yet to cause significant problems through checkups—small cavities vs. big cavities, for example. And your child’s teeth cleaning rids their enamel of the ingredients that cause tooth decay and other specific complications like gingivitis.

Preventive Dentistry and Wellness

Some oral health issues like gum disease also lead to systemic health problems. For example, gum disease has been linked to stroke, heart health issues, dementia, and low birth weight in babies. You may think your child is too young to think about such things, but establishing proper dental care and treatment also considers and contributes to their future health and wellness.

For Children’s Dentistry in Rockford or Grand Rapids, MI, Give Us a Call

We welcome children of all ages and are always happy to see new kids in our dental office. So reach out today to get started.

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