Baby teeth are important teeth, forming a foundation for good oral health and smile aesthetics that last a lifetime. Dr. Keith Bever Jr. loves serving his youngest patients through innovative and gentle pediatric dentistry. He carefully evaluates and treats teeth, gums and even developing bone structure for best functioning and best looking young smiles.
Pediatric Dentistry Begins Early
Dr. Bever and his dedicated team like to see children when that first little tooth erupts, or by their first birthday at the latest. This first dental appointment is a fun, get acquainted visit so child and parent get used to the sights and sounds of pediatric dentistry. At age 3, Dr. Bever performs a comprehensive oral exam, checking for decay, gum disease and tooth and jaw development. He advises 6-month cleanings and visits for all children and adults to detect any oral health problems before they become costly and complicated.
The Particulars of Pediatric Dentistry
Parental involvement in kids' oral health helps prevent tooth decay--the number one chronic health problem in American children. The team at Keith Bever Jr, DDS teaches kids and parents that mom and dad must brush toddlers' teeth for them and supervise kids at least up to the age of 8. Twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste is the rule, and parents must realize that young children do not have the dexterity to brush and floss by themselves.
Dr. Bever also stresses nutritious, low-sugar diets and drinking plenty of water to wash tooth surfaces and promote production of saliva. Saliva keeps teeth and gums clean--important in between meals and during the night.
Additionally, pediatric dentists often recommend fluoride treatments and sealants for young teeth--particularly molars that have intricately-grooved chewing surfaces. These simple "painted-on" dental materials quickly and comfortably provide protection against decay.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that any decay found in children's teeth be treated. The health and development of baby teeth impacts how their adult teeth look, function and erupt into the mouth. Furthermore, it's suggested that children receive a complete orthodontic evaluation before the age of 7. The same applies for orthodontics: early orthodontic treatment wards off problems from crooked teeth later on in life--decay, gum disease and self-image issues specifically. Early intervention takes advantage of the developing jaw, making treatment easier and less complex than older teen or adult treatment.
Don't delay: establish a routine of good dental care for your children while they are young!
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Keith Bever Jr, DDS in Mt Pleasant, MI? Call our office at (989) 773-9793 for more information.