Some parents in the Detroit area bring their child to a pediatric dentist. Others use a general or family dentist for every member of their household.
What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?
Pediatric dentists have specialized training to treat infants, young children and teens. They use special dental tools created for smaller mouths. Some pediatric dentists have training in child psychology which can help make children feel comfortable during dental treatment.
When should my child transition from a pediatric dentist to a general dentist? Some parents transition their son or daughter to a general dentist as soon as all their child’s permanent teeth come in. Other parents have their children see a pediatric dentist until their late teens.
Does your teen feel comfortable at a pediatric dental practice?
Sometimes, when a child hits their early teen years, they feel uncomfortable at a pediatric dental practice. This is especially true if the office is furnished and geared toward toddlers and pre-teens. In this case, the teen may choose the right time to transition.
Above all, it’s important that your child feels comfortable at the dentist. If your son or daughter starts feeling like they are too old to see a pediatric dentist, it’s time to switch to a general dentist.
We understand the oral health needs of your teenager.
Remember that the team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is willing and able to address adolescent dental needs. We are happy to treat your teen through their adolescent years.
What dental issues should I be watching for during adolescence?
First off, pay attention to your adolescent’s nutrition. As children become more independent, they start making more of their own food choices. If you visit any Royal Oak-area middle school or high school during lunch, you will notice that some teens drink soda and energy drinks. Most of those teens most likely drank milk during elementary school. Make sure your gets enough calcium to keep their teeth strong. Vaping and smoking take a toll on physical and dental health. Unfortunately, they are too common among the teen group in the Detroit area.
Your dentist is an essential member of your teen’s healthcare team.
Your dentist can help you understand how your diet and lifestyle influence your oral health. If your adolescent struggles with an eating disorder, a dentist can address any related dental issues. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist can monitor their teeth closely during a time when it’s more difficult to keep teeth clean and free of tooth decay
Regardless of when you transition your teen to a general dentist, make sure they see a dentist at least twice a year. Continue to monitor their oral hygiene practices and set a good example. Watch out for destructive habits. Furthermore, make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.
The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry has been serving families in the Detroit area since 1984. We value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families. If you are looking for an experienced, caring family and general dentist in the Royal Oak area, give us a call to schedule a consultation.