Children’s Dentistry in Flint, MI
Maintain Your Child’s Healthy Smile with the Children’s Dentist Flint Trusts
There’s hardly anything more heart-warming that seeing your child’s beautiful smile shining up at you. And to keep that smile healthy, you need to make sure he or she sees the dentist regularly. Dr. Chitra Naik and her team of dental hygienists and dental assistants have been gently caring for children’s smiles since 1995. As with her adult patients, Dr. Naik is committed to providing care that is professional and personal, so you can count on your child feeling completely comfortable at our dental practice.
The Kid’s Dentist Flint Children Love
Dr. Naik would like to begin seeing your children for regular dental exams and cleanings before they are three years old. However, we encourage mommies and daddies and other caregivers to bring younger children to the dentist’s office when you have appointments. Allowing your children to see you at the dentist will help them be more relaxed when it’s their turn. And these visits will give them the chance to become familiar with the sights and sounds in our office, so they’re less likely to be fearful at appointments.
Of course, dental care begins long before your child’s first dental appointment. In fact, it should begin even before your baby has teeth. Dr. Naik recommends gently washing your baby’s gums with a warm, moist cloth after each feeding. Then, when that first pearly white arrives you can brush with a small, soft toothbrush dampened with water. As more teeth erupt, continue brushing and add a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. You and the kid’s dentist Flint loves are partners in your children’s oral health.
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When you bring your child to his first dental checkup with Dr. Naik, we will count his teeth, examine his teeth and gums and if he seems ready, we’ll quickly clean his teeth, too. At this first appointment, we don’t want to do anything to upset your child. Rather, we’ll do everything we can to make sure they leave our office smiling and having a happy memory of visiting the dentist. This helps to establish a trustworthy foundation that will serve them well throughout their lives.
As with adult patients, Dr. Naik wants to see children twice each year for checkups. At these regular intervals, we can monitor their teeth and gums for problems or changes that can signal a need for additional treatment. For instance, those relatively new and white baby teeth are just as susceptible to teeth decay as permanent teeth. In fact, because children have more difficulty brushing and flossing well, their teeth may actually be even more likely to develop cavities.
To help you and your children battle the bacteria that causes cavities, Dr. Naik may recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel and can easily be applied to your children’s teeth. Sealants start out as a liquid plastic that we’ll paint on your children’s molars and then harden with a curing light. Sealants form a barrier between teeth’s grooved and pitted biting surfaces and the germs that cause decay.
Please call us today to schedule a children’s dentistry appointment. Dr. Naik sees children from all over Michigan, including those from Flint, Ortonville, Fenton, Flushing, Davison, and other nearby towns. If this will be your child’s first visit to Dr. Naik’s office, take a moment to briefly review the information on our new patient page.