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4ReasonsYouShouldBeginYourChildsDentalVisitsbyAgeOne

As a parent, you have plenty of questions about your child’s health. One we hear quite often is when dental care should begin for a child.

The short answer is when their first tooth comes in, usually at six months to a year of age: that’s when you should begin brushing at home. But there’s also the matter of when to begin your child’s regular dental visits: we recommend the first visit around the child’s first birthday. Here are 4 reasons why this is the right time to start.

Prevention. First and foremost, starting visits at age one gives your child the best start for preventing tooth decay through cleanings, topical fluoride or, in some cases, sealants. Preventive care for primary teeth may not seem that important since they’ll eventually give way to the permanent teeth. But primary teeth also serve as guides for the next teeth’s ultimate position in the mouth — if a primary tooth is lost prematurely, it could affect your child’s bite in later years.

Development. Early dental visits give us a chance to keep an eye on bite and jaw development. If we notice a developing malocclusion (bad bite) or conditions favorable for it, we can refer you to an orthodontist for consultation or interventional therapy to reduce the possibility or extent of future treatment.

Support. Your child’s regular dental visits can also help you as a parent. We can advise you on all aspects of dental care, including brushing and flossing techniques, nutrition dos and don’ts, and how to handle situations like late thumb sucking.

Familiarization. Dental visits starting at age one will help your child become familiar and comfortable with visiting the dentist that might be more difficult to achieve if they’re older. Dental visit anxiety is a major reason why many people don’t maintain regular visits later in life. Children who come to realize that dental visits are a normal, even pleasant experience are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.

Caring for your child’s teeth is just as important as other aspects of their health. Getting an early start can head off brewing problems now and set the course for healthy teeth and gums tomorrow.

If you would like more information on pediatric dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit.”


EarlyInterventioncanCorrectAbnormalUpperJawandPalateGrowth

Poor bites, also known as “malocclusions,” can have a dramatic impact on mouth function and appearance. Moving teeth to better positions will solve most of these bite problems — but not all.

A case in point is a malformed maxilla, the skeletal structure formed by the union of the upper jaw and the roof of the mouth (the palate). If the rear portion of the maxilla develops too narrowly, the back teeth will bite abnormally inside the lower teeth while the front teeth bite normally, creating what’s known as a crossbite. People with this kind of malocclusion often shift their lower jaw to one side to bite down completely.

This can be corrected without too much intervention if the problem is diagnosed while the person is young. This is because the maxilla is actually formed from two bones that don’t completely fuse together in the center of the palate until just after puberty. An orthodontic appliance known as a palatal expander takes advantage of this slight gap. The metal appliance is placed along the narrowed portion of the palate in the rear of the mouth: four metal “arms,” two on each side, attach to the inside of the back teeth with a tension device between them that extends the arms outward to put pressure against the teeth.

Every day the patient or a parent uses a special key to turn the tension device and cause it to expand slightly, placing additional outward pressure on the jaw. This will widen the gap in the center of the palate and new bone will grow to fill in the increased space. Over time this will cause the rear portion of maxilla to widen.

While effective, a palatal expander may not work in every case, and it must be done before the two bones fuse permanently. When it can be used, though, it’s a proven treatment that can restore proper bite function, as well as improve your child’s smile.

If you would like more information on palatal expanders to correct certain bite problems, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders.”


By David J. Campbell DDS
November 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Having one dentist for your whole family is a great way to establish life long good dental habits. A family dentist treats patients of all ages family dentistand can provide dental care for everyone in your family, regardless of age. If you have children, they can continue seeing the same dentist even into adulthood. Having one dentist for your whole family is also convenient as there is no need to travel to multiple dental offices for different members of the family. Dr. David Campbell is your family dentist in White Lake, MI.

What is a Family Dentist?

Family dentists treat patients of all ages, from children to older adults. They can address the needs of young patients getting their first teeth to older adults who have lost teeth and need them replaced with artificial ones. Family dentists provide a full range of dental services, such as filling cavities, installing braces, treating gum disease and fitting patients for dentures or dental bridges. Dr. Campbell, your White Lake family dentist, offers a variety of preventive, cosmetic and corrective dental services to meet the needs of everyone in your family.

Benefits of a Family Dentist

There are many benefits to having one dentist for your whole family. One benefit is the convenience of being able to schedule everyone’s dental appointments at a single location for the same day. You’ll save time not having to drive each member of the family to their dental appointments on different days, as well as not having to travel to multiple dental offices in different locations. Having a single dentist for the entire family saves time and reduces travel.

If you have children, a major advantage of having one dentist for the whole family is that your kids can continue seeing the same dentist throughout their lives. The dentist they have become both comfortable and familiar with throughout childhood can continue treating them as a teen or as an adult. Your children might be more likely to continue maintaining regular dental appointments as adults when they can be treated by a trusted family dentist. You will be helping them establish life long good dental habits.

There are several benefits to choosing one dentist to treat your whole family. You can save time and reduce travel while everyone in the family develops a sense of comfort and familiarity seeing the same dentist throughout their life. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Campbell, your family dentist in White Lake, call the office at (248) 887-8387.