A child's first visit to Drs. Burau Cosmetic & High Tech Family Dentistry should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Drs. Brad and Scott Burau and our Grand Blanc, MI dental team makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We also encourage our youngest patients to attend cleanings with their parents and older siblings to get an idea of what to expect when they come in for their own appointments.
As a general dental practice that also treats children, we make it easy for the whole family to come and enjoy the benefits of excellent dental care.
We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at Drs. Burau Cosmetic & High Tech Family Dentistry. The more you and your child know about dentistry at our Grand Blanc office, the better you will feel.
Your Child's Teeth
Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).
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Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by Drs. Burau or another healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Drs. Burau will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact our office immediately.
When it comes to your child’s dental care, we believe that catching potential problems when they are small is best. This makes for a less traumatic experience for kids. We want their first experiences to be great so that they are comfortable coming to the dentist, not only as children, but as adults as well.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits to our Grand Blanc dental office help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit Drs. Burau Cosmetic & High Tech Family Dentistry every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We also recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep your child’s teeth their strongest.