Pediatric Dentistry in Warren, MI

Help Your Child Achieve a Healthy Smile

At Warren Family Dentistry, we understand that adults and children require different dental care. Our family-oriented staff will always go the extra mile to ensure your child gets the care they need while also feeling comfortable and happy during their time here. We’ll explain treatments in detail to your child using kid-friendly terms, so they’ll understand what we’re doing.

We focus on educating your child about their dental care and why it matters. Our team will always answer any questions they may have and set them up for dental success in the future. 

Learn how Dr. Bana and our Warren dental team create a warm and inviting environment with necessary treatments for your child with our helpful guide below.

A mom hugging her young son who is kissing her cheek
Young boy getting his teeth checked by the dentist

Your Child’s First Appointment

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child’s first visits to the dentist should happen once their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. Starting dental care early for your child will put them on a path of excellent oral health. 

For our younger patients, Dr. Bana will make sure their teeth are clean and free of decay. We’ll also set a benchmark for their oral health and help them get accustomed to biannual dental checkups, our office environment, and having our dental team perform examinations. We always make sure to educate your child about their oral hygiene, including how to brush properly. 

Most importantly, we’ll make sure your child is comfortable and doesn’t feel anxious or upset. This will show them that visiting the dentist is a positive experience rather than something to fear. 

Preparing Your Child for Dental Visits

Prior to your child’s dental appointment, there are a few ways you can make the process easier for them. Try following these guidelines for a smooth dental visit: 

  • Speak positively about the dentist
  • Choose a time of day when they’re likely to be relaxed
  • Bring their favorite toys
  • Show them books or television shows that feature their favorite characters going to the dentist
  • Use positive reinforcement or provide a reward

Healthy Smiles at Home: The Tell-Show-Do Method

We know that it can be difficult to get your child into a consistent oral hygiene routine as well as getting them excited about brushing their teeth. At Warren Family Dentistry, our pediatric dentistry services involve teaching parents about the tell-show-do method. This method will help make at-home oral care routines easier for both you and your child. 

Tell

First, you’ll want to explain to your child how brushing and flossing will keep their teeth healthy and strong. Make sure to use kid-friendly terms and encourage your child to ask any questions they have.

Show

Children look up to their parents and usually copy what they do. Try brushing and flossing your teeth next to them so that you can show them how to properly do it. You can even make a game out of it, whether it’s a two-minute brushing dance party or a game to get rid of the “sugar monsters” on their teeth.

Do

Children often need assistance when brushing and flossing their teeth until around the age of five. Try your best to maintain a regular oral care routine as this will help them form good habits. You can also use little prizes to help motivate your child to brush twice a day, such as stickers on a calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn More About Our Pediatric Dentistry Care

Your child’s smile matters at every age. To set them up for a lifetime of pristine oral health and bright smiles, bring them into our Warren dental office for regular dental checkups as soon as their first tooth erupts. To learn more about pediatric dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bana by calling (586) 574-9500, or you can fill out our online contact form.

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