Now Offering Pediatric Dentistry
We’re thrilled to now offer pediatric care with our complete range of services. We can’t wait to help your whole family create a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. We like to emphasize the importance of early prevention. Our goal is to make your child’s experience comfortable and positive, resulting in beautiful healthy smiles!
Dr. Abbie Walker is specially certified in treating infants, children, young adults and those with special needs.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Do I Need a Referral to see a Pediatric Dentist?
No referral is ever needed so please call today to make your appointment!
What is the Difference Between a Family Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist for the First Check-up?
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
How Often Does My Child Need to See the Pediatric Dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
What Ages Do Pediatric Dentists See?
Generally, Pediatric Dentists see ages 0-18. Once you or your child has “graduated” from Pediatric Dentistry, we can happily recommend own of our family Dentists at Ann Arbor Smiles.
What Do I Need to Know About Thumbsucking, Pacifiers, and Nursing?
Many parents want to know if thumbsucking and pacifier habits are harmful for a child’s teeth.
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended.
Wondering how you can prevent decay caused by nursing?
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Take your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday.
What is the Best Diet for my Child's Teeth?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.
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When Should We Start Toothpaste & How Much Should We Use?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
Monday: 7 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 7 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: 8 - 12 PM
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