Adolescence & Oral Care
Kid and Child focused Dentist In Grand Blanc MI
There is evidence that demonstrates how periodontal disease may increase during adolescence due to lack of motivation to practice oral hygiene. Children who maintain good oral health habits up until the teen years are more likely to continue brushing and flossing than children who were not taught proper oral care.
Advice For Parents
Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that children receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits. Be aware that if your child has an advanced form of periodontal disease, this may be an early sign of systemic disease. A general medical evaluation should be considered for children who exhibit severe periodontitis, especially if it appears resistant to therapy.
An important step in the fight against periodontal disease is to establish good oral health habits with your child early. When your child has their first teeth erupt, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing their teeth. However, only use a smear or the size of a piece of rice on the brush and press it into the bristles so your child won’t eat it. When the gaps between your child’s teeth close, it’s important to start flossing.
Serve as a good role model by practicing good oral health care habits yourself and schedule regular dental visits for family check-ups, periodontal evaluations, and cleanings.
Check your child’s mouth for the signs of periodontal disease, including bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth, and bad breath.
If your child currently has poor oral health habits, work with your child to change these now. It’s much easier to modify these habits in a child than in an adult. Since your child models behavior after you, it follows that you should serve as a positive role model in your oral hygiene habits. A healthy smile, good breath, and strong teeth all contribute to a young person’s sense of personal appearance, as well as confidence and self-esteem.
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I absolutely love this dentist they are amazing they are kind sweet and caring and they know how to take care of your children
- Thara H
Patient Testimonial By Aubrey A
Love our dentist office! Well worth the hour drive for our sons appointments! Dr Ratliff is amazing and answered all our questions after his procedure. We will continue to see her for all our sons dental needs!
- Aubrey A
Patient Testimonial By Janet D
This appointment was for my 1 year old son Cody .. he had a cracked tooth and they had to pull it .. They all was very nice and very good to me and my son ! The doc actually took the time to play with my son to make him his feel comfortable and safe with her .. my son let her take him from me and I knew he would be ok even tho I still cry like a baby lol .. but I just wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU !! So much to all u ladies and to his doc today .. He even got a nickname peanut lol .. I’m proud to say my son now has a dentist to for to ! Thanks again for everything! You guys are the BEST!!!
- Janet D
Patient Testimonial By Meghann S
I take all my children here. After a bad experience at another pediatric office, my kids hated the dentist. Since we switched to GBPD my kids don’t scream or cry when it’s time to go to the dentist!
- Meghann S