Our office has always prided ourselves in providing the safest dental care for your children…
Effective immediately, Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie will be limiting the treatment we provide to our patients to emergency visits ONLY until April 3rd and possibly longer. Non-emergency dental care will be postponed in an effort to mitigate the risk of exposure and disease spread in our community.
We have made this decision in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, our public officials, and our professional societies.
This was an extremely difficult decision, and we appreciate your understanding and patience. It is our privilege to care for your children’s oral health and we look forward to continuing to do so. We are monitoring the situation closely as it changes and will post updates accordingly.
If your child does have a dental emergency, please call our office (Grand Rapids 455-1301 and Rockford 884-5812) to be directed to one of our on-call doctors.
Sincerely, Drs. Aimee Valleau, Christopher VanDeven, and Jessica Massie
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Why does my child grind his/her teeth? Is it harmful?
Bruxism, deﬁned as the habitual nonfunctional forceful contact between chewing tooth surfaces, can occur while awake or asleep. It is one of the most common questions asked of our doctors. In general, do not worry if your child or infant grinds his/her teeth. It is a relatively normal thing for children to do and evidence suggests that juvenile bruxism (grinding) is a selflimiting condition that does not progress to adult bruxism.
However, if tooth grinding is also associated with restless sleep, open mouth breathing, snoring and/or bed wetting, it can be a sign of an airway issue (ie. sleep apnea). Please discuss with our doctors if you have any concerns regarding your child and his/her tooth grinding.