Pediatric Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI

Caring For Your Child’s Smile

We’re grateful to have the opportunity to guide younger patients towards a lifetime of optimal oral health. Our goal is to teach kids about caring for their smiles and show them that the dentist’s office is nothing to fear.

Our Sterling Heights pediatric dentist, Dr. Ragda Hindi, has a gentle, friendly chairside manner and always strives to get a smile out of our young patients. Our pediatric dental care team is dedicated to making your child feel comfortable, so they can have fun while we’re taking care of their teeth.

Establishing a Dental Home

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should have their initial dental visit when their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. Establishing a dental home can play a crucial role in your child’s development, in addition to their oral health.

Dr. Hindi will set a benchmark for your kid’s oral hygiene and help them get accustomed to biannual dental checkups, as well as our office environment and having our dental team examine their mouths. Children that start visiting the dentist at an early age are less likely to have dental anxiety.

Dental Tips & Tricks

We understand that getting your kid excited about brushing their teeth can be a challenge. Adding an oral hygiene routine to an already hectic morning and nighttime schedule can be a tall feat. At Sterling Heights Dentistry, we teach parents the tell-show-do method to help make at-home dental routines easier for both kids and their parents.

Tell

Explain to your little one how brushing and flossing can keep their teeth healthy and strong. Use kid-friendly terms and give your child a chance to ask any questions they may have.

Show

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

Do

Kids often need assistance brushing and flossing their teeth until around the age of five. Try to keep a regular routine. You can also use little prizes to motivate your child to brush twice a day, such as stickers on a calendar.

How You Can Prepare for Your Child’s Dental Exam

Prior to your child’s dental appointment, there are a few ways you can make the process easier and help set them up for success, including:

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

Your impression is likely the one that matters most, so you’ll want to avoid using negative language. Instead, you can explain that special tools will be used to make sure their teeth are healthy. Even if you’ve had negative experiences in the past, it’s crucial to emphasize a positive perspective with your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Dentistry Done Right

You don’t want to trust just anyone with your child’s smile. After all, these foundational years will determine the course for their oral health. Contact our office to schedule your child’s dental appointment by giving us a call at (586) 939-5151. Our Sterling Heights family dentist will provide the comfortable care your child needs, so you can relax knowing they’re in good hands.

Sterling Heights Dentistry

33760 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Office Hours

Monday
8am – 5pm
Tuesday
9am – 7pm
Wednesday
8am – 4pm
Thursday
8am – 6pm
Friday
Closed
Saturday
8am – 2pm
(2nd and 4th of the month)
Sunday
Closed
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