Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Early Oral Health Problems – Advice from a Kids Dentist


Although baby teeth only stay around for a little while, they’re important for your child’s overall oral health and the health of his or her future permanent teeth. A number of problems can affect kids’ teeth and gums. The following are common conditions you may encounter as your baby develops.

Baby Bottle Dental Decay

Early cavities develop when your baby’s teeth are constantly exposed to milk, formula, juice, or sugary drinks from a bottle or sippy cup. Bacteria inside your baby’s mouth interact with sugars to cause decay, which may result in pain, difficulty learning to chew, and tooth loss. To prevent baby bottle dental decay, don’t allow your child to sleep with a bottle filled with anything other than water. Don’t dip pacifiers in sugar, honey, or syrup. After every feeding, wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a clean, wet cloth to remove bacteria and food residue. See your pediatric or family dentist if you spot early signs of decay.

Thumb Sucking

Infants commonly suck their thumbs, fingers, and toys; this is a normal behavior. However, if it persists after the age of five, it can cause alignment problems in permanent teeth as they begin to erupt. If thumb sucking doesn’t respond to your efforts to discourage it, ask your kids dentist about dental appliances that prevent the behavior.

Primary Tooth Loss

When tooth decay, injury, or inadequate jaw space result in the early loss of primary teeth, your child may have difficulty chewing or speaking properly. Baby teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth, so losing them prematurely can result in crooked, crowded, or shifting permanent teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth too soon, your family dentist can insert a space maintainer; this is a metal or plastic device that holds the space open until the permanent replacement tooth is ready to erupt.

Find a Pediatric Dentist in Shelby Township Kids Trust

Finding the right kids dentist to care for your little one is important. A negative first experience can set the stage for dental anxiety throughout life. To find a pediatric dentist in Shelby Township whom children love, look for clinics with kid-friendly decor, compassionate staff members, and great reviews from local parents. You can also consult your family dentist for a pediatric referral when kids dentist is needed.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township.

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Patient Reviews
I drive an extra 20 minutes out of my way to come here. Debi did a great job on my normally sensitive teeth and gums. She always takes her time and truly lives up to the “Gentle Dentle” name. […]
The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
Everyone is friendly and the service is superb.
Diane W.
The staff was very nice and professional. Dr Torres was great and he was very informative and explained the procedures.
Margo M.
Because they are so nice and friendly.
Darnajah T.
always please with the office and staff
Janet J.
The entire staff was extremely friendly and professional. I was comfortable the whole time.
Rachel K.
My 4th time here and again a very comfortable and positive experience. All the staff seems very caring and accommodating about my needs and concerns. I have and will continue to refer this office to […]
Jim C.
There are so many great reviews of this place and due to my skepticism, I was a little worried that they were fabricated but truly, they are not! I took my chances and went to the office to find that […]
Lauren B.
My cleaning, x-rays and examination were all handled very professionally and efficiently, so I was done in less than one hour.
Thomas M.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
Staff is friendly and service great. Very professional
Paula G.
Because the dentist and staff is phenomenal!
Shelley A.
Minimal waiting, friendly and knowledgable staff.
Kristie B.
Debi is the sweetest! She always makes my teeth super clean and puts a smile on my face :) I relocated to Florida and when I come back to see family I make sure to get my teeth cleaned here rather […]
Michelle M.
very friendly professional I would recommend to anyone of my friends or family
Pete V.
Great service
Camilla S.
Excellent care and treatment! Staff is amazing and always so friendly. My family has been coming here for years!
Joshua B.
Absolutely fantastic place. I feel lucky to have found it. Genuinely careing, friendly and all around cool staff. Makes going to the dreaded dentist a million times better. I’ve been putting off […]
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Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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