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4ThingstoAvoidifYouWanttoSupportYourChildsDentalDevelopment

Your child's oral development generates considerable changes during their "growing up" years. There are a number of things you can do to help support their development—but also things you shouldn't.

Here are 4 things not to do if you want your child to develop healthy teeth and gums.

Neglect daily oral hygiene. To set the best long-term course for optimum oral health, begin cleaning the inside of your child's mouth even before they have teeth. Simply use a clean wet washcloth to wipe their gums after feeding to reduce bacterial growth. Once you begin seeing teeth, start brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste; at about age 2 you can increase that to a pea-sized amount. And don't forget to teach them when they're ready to brush and floss on their own!

Allow unlimited sugar consumption. Besides the effect it has on overall health, sugar is also a prime food source for disease-causing oral bacteria. You can reduce the sugar available for bacterial growth by avoiding sugary snacks and limiting sweet foods to meal times. Less sugar means less bacterial growth—and a lower risk of tooth decay for your child.

Put them to bed with a sugary liquid-filled bottle.  Although a bedtime bottle may help calm your baby to sleep, it could also increase their risk of tooth decay. Allowing them to sip on sugar-filled liquids like juice, milk, formula or even breast milk encourages bacterial growth. Bacteria in turn produce acid, which can dissolve the minerals in enamel and open the door to tooth decay. Sipping through the night also deprives saliva of adequate time to neutralize acid.

Wait on dental visits until they're older. Dental and pediatric associations all recommend first taking your child to the dentist sooner rather than later—by their first birthday. Starting dental visits early will help you stay ahead of any developing tooth decay or other oral problems. And just as important, your child will have an easier time "warming up" to the dental office environment at a younger age than if you wait. Dental visit anxiety, on the other hand, could continue into adulthood and interfere with regular dental care.

If you would like more information on the best dental care practices for your child, 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 “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”


By David J. Campbell DDS
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Family DentistryWhat does a family dentist do? As the name implies, he cares for entire families, from the youngest to the oldest members, following their oral health needs throughout their lifespans. Dr. David Campbell and his team consider it an honor to serve families from all over the White Lake area, offering state-of-the-art preventive, restorative and aesthetic treatments. Here's how they can assist you and yours.

Trust the dentist who knows you well

You're not a stranger when you come through the doors of your White Lake family dental practice. You'll be warmly greeted and taken to your treatment room on time. As your family dentist, Dr. Campbell knows your time is very valuable.

He also knows you want the best of care for your children and for the oldest members of your family. He carefully and vigilantly examines teeth and gums every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association, looking for decay, gum disease, bite problems, oral cancer and the condition of existing tooth replacements and restorations such as crowns and fillings. He watches children as their jaws develop and teeth erupt, referring for orthodontic evaluation by age seven as advised by the American Association of Orthodontists.

Routine examinations include digital X-rays, too, as well as professional cleanings performed by your friendly and informative dental hygienist. She'll become well-acquainted with your family members, tracking your at-home hygiene habits and helping your children brush and floss properly.

Each family member will receive a care plan customized by Dr. Campbell. He'll indicate what may need immediate attention, address cosmetic concerns and help you plan any needed restorative treatments.

Additional benefits of having a family dentist

Whatever you need to keep a healthy smile, Dr. Campbell offers it. Of course, his main emphasis is preventive care which includes fluoride treatments and plastic sealants for children.

Restorative treatments, as needed, include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Dentures and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions (including wisdom teeth)
  • Emergency dental care

Cosmetic treatments for adults include:

  • In-office or at-home teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Composite resin bonding

What's your family's health worth?

We know it means the world to you. So, Dr. Campbell ensures all his patients receive the most up to date oral health care available. When you call for your routine check-ups and cleanings, be sure to ask about our in-office Family Plus Plan which makes preventive care affordable for all. Phone us today: (248) 887-8387.


By David J. Campbell DDS
March 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: apicoectomy  
IfaRootCanalCantbeDonethisProcedureMightSaveYourTooth

Untreated tooth decay can destroy your teeth; prompt action as soon as its diagnosed will help prevent that undesirable outcome. And even if decay has advanced into the tooth's pulp and root canals, there's still a good chance we can stop it with a root canal treatment. Using this procedure, we can clean out the infection and refill the tooth's interior space with a special filling to protect it from further infection.

Although root canal treatments have gained an unwarranted reputation for pain, they rarely cause even the mildest discomfort. More importantly, they work, which is why they're the go-to treatment dentists use for advanced decay.

But sometimes a unique dental situation might make performing a root canal extremely difficult—possibly even doing more harm than good. For example, trying to access the interior of a tooth with a crown restoration might require removing the crown, which could further weaken or damage the tooth. In other cases, the root canals might have become calcified due to trauma or aging and become too narrow to access.

Even so, we may still be able to save a tooth through a minor surgical procedure called an apicoectomy. Rather than access the diseased area through the tooth crown as with a root canal treatment, an apicoectomy makes access to the infected tissue at the root end.

An apicoectomy also differs from a root canal treatment in that we'll need to surgically go through the gum tissue. After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, we'll make a small incision through the gums at the level of the infection. After removing any infected tissue, we would then fill the space with a small filling to prevent re-infection. We then close the incised gum tissues with sutures and allow them to heal.

With the help of fiber optic lighting and surgical microscopes, endodontists (specialists in interior tooth problems) can perform an apicoectomy quickly and with very little trauma at the surgical sight. If you undergo an apicoectomy, you should be back to normal activity in a day or two at the most. And like its sister procedure the root canal, an apicoectomy could help preserve your teeth for many years to come.

If you would like more information on this and other treatments for tooth decay, 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 “Apicoectomy: A Surgical Option When Root Canal Treatment Fails.”