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Children’s Dentistry – Muskegon, MI

Setting the Foundation
for Healthy Adult Smiles

As your child’s smile develops, it’s important to get them in the habit of making good choices for their oral health. This can often be difficult to teach at such a young age because they don’t quite understand the importance of preserving their pearly whites. Fortunately, our team is here to help make sure that they have all of the tools and treatments necessary to keep their smiles healthy, even into adulthood. To schedule your child’s next checkup and cleaning or their first visit to the dentist, contact our office today.

Why Choose Healthy Smiles Dental Care for Children’s Dentistry?

Your Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first visit to a dental office is one of the most important, because it can set the tone for the rest of their experiences and affect their willingness to come back. Our team understands that, which is why we’re happy to go out of our way to make their first appointment fun, educational, and stress-free. We’ll carefully examine their teeth and gums to make sure that everything’s developing as it should be. If they’re comfortable with our team and are willing to let us clean their teeth, we’ll gently remove all plaque and tartar from their smile. If we have any concerns, we’ll let you know and develop a treatment plan to get those addressed.

Dental Sealants

When your children are still learning how to properly brush and floss their teeth, they’ll be more susceptible to developing cavities. There are so many grooves and pits in the mouth that can be hard-to-reach, allowing plaque and tartar to build-up and cause cavities. We offer dental sealants, which are clear, thin protective shields that we can brush over their molars to keep debris from accumulating on the biting surface of their chewing molars. They also make brushing more effective and the treatment is completely pain-free and easy.

Athletic Mouthguards/ Sportsguards

Does your child participate in a local athletic team or school sports? Get the peace-of-mind that your child will be safe on the field by investing in a customized sportsguard for their mouth. These are made from a durable acrylic material and are custom-fitted to provide them with optimal protection for their teeth and jaw.

Frenectomies/Lip & Tongue-Tie

Everybody has pieces of tissue that connect their tongue to the floor of their mouth and their lips to their gums. In infants, if these pieces of tissue are overgrown, it could make it hard for them to latch while breastfeeding or cause digestion problems. Lip and tongue-ties can impact your infant’s ability to gain weight, and with an increasing number of children diagnosed with this problem, it’s important to bring them in if they’re experiencing any symptoms. We offer frenectomies, where we’ll remove a small portion of the overgrown connective oral tissue, which allows them to maneuver their mouths better, improving their feeding abilities.

Non-Nutritive Habits

It’s completely normal for children to suck on their thumbs or pacifiers to help them feel safe and comforted. However, as they get older and their permanent teeth begin to grow in, the frequent pressure from sucking on items can cause their dental structure to develop misaligned. This can result in them needing urgent orthodontic treatment at a young age in order to fix problems like jutted-out front teeth. To prevent this from occurring, our team is more than happy to offer tips, tricks, and advice on how to encourage your child to stop this habit as their oral structure begins to develop to avoid future problems.

Pulp Therapy

If your child is suddenly complaining of an uncomfortable toothache that’s keeping them up at night, it’s likely a result of an infected tooth and damaged pulp. The pulp inside of their tooth is a cluster of nerves and soft tissues that is tender. To cure their pain and treat the infection before it gets worse, we offer pulp therapy. During this procedure, we’ll remove the affected pulp, sanitize the area, and protect the tooth with a customized dental crown.

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