Of all the things you’ll do for your growing child, one of the most important is getting them started on the road to good oral health. Make sure that road takes you to Castine Family Dentistry in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Your child needs a dentist like Arielle Castine, DDS, who provides gentle care and makes sure your little one has a good experience, creating the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. If you're in Grand Traverse or Leelanau County, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment for your child.
Typically, you want to get your child to Dr. Castine by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth coming in. At this age, your approach is twofold: You’re checking for any signs of problems, of course, but you’re also getting your child accustomed to visiting the dentist.
Surveys have indicated that caregivers weren’t taking their children to the dentist for the first time until the kids were 2 and a half years old. Why is that a problem? Because their primary teeth start coming in as soon as their six-month birthday.
Your child’s so-called primary teeth aren’t permanent. Still, it’s important that they remain in place until the teeth that will replace them are ready to emerge. If these baby teeth come out too soon, perhaps from decay or trauma, it can throw off the alignment of the permanent tooth to follow.
With alignment issues could come bite problems, crooked teeth and crowded teeth, and then the need for braces as the child grows older.
Dr. Castine understands the benefits of a head start when it comes to your child’s oral health. That’s why Castine Family Dentistry works hard to ensure your child feels comfortable and safe in a friendly, family atmosphere. Dr. Castine’s warm chairside manner will create an enjoyable, relaxing experience for your child and encourage good dental health as they develop.
An orthodontist knows how to improve your bite by straightening crooked teeth and correcting a misaligned jaw. It’s critical to take care of orthodontic concerns during adolescence or childhood years to avoid problems later in life. For the best results, it’s important to see an orthodontist before your child’s face and jaw finish growing. Dr. Castine partners with you and your child in their oral health and can recommend when it’s time to see an orthodontist.
You need an experienced general dentist who can care for your whole family, so schedule an appointment online or call Castine Family Dentistry today.