Your Child Should Enjoy the Dentist!
At Grand Traverse Smile Center, we work diligently to ensure children of all ages are eager to visit their dentist. In our
office, your child will receive the latest technology delivered with concern, attentiveness, and compassion. We aim to teach
them proper dental habits and show them how to keep their teeth healthy for life. We measure our success in happy parents and
children, because no child should grow up with dental anxiety.
Starting Early for a Lifetime of Good Oral Health
Teaching good habits early, in an environment that’s fun and comfortable, is the foundation of a great smile for life. Due to
several factors, children’s teeth can be very susceptible to cavities at a young age. Young kids can’t brush well on their own,
so we encourage parents to be involved in their child’s daily dental care. This ensures both thorough cleaning and the development
of proper dental habits. Children also tend to “graze,” or eat small amounts throughout the day. This prolongs exposure to acid,
which may cause more cavities.
A tooth that is not as clean as it should be will also lead to ongoing acid production, which can then speed up the development of
cavities. The good news is that identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to the
mineralizing teeth, can significantly reduce the chance of your child having a cavity.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
Dental sealants compensate for poor brushing ability in children. Even though they try hard, children often don't do a very good
job of brushing their teeth. After all, they're still learning, and their hand-to-eye coordination isn't fully developed. In fact,
even adults have difficulty reaching every spot in their mouth while brushing.
Even with diligent brushing, the deep grooves in the back teeth may not be sufficiently cleaned. This results in bacteria, acids,
and plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once the tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will need a filling or crown.
Here's how dental sealants come into play:
- The tooth (or teeth) is cleaned and sterilized.
- A thin plastic coating is applied. This is usually white or clear in color.
- A curing light is applied to the sealant to bond it into place.
- In minutes, without shots or drills, the entire process is complete.
- It’s totally harmless.
Applying dental sealants is one of the best preventive things both children and adolescents can do to preserve their natural teeth!
Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today at (231) 935-4872 to schedule a visit for everyone.