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

Tips for Helping Kids Stay Cavity Free

Cavity Prevention

Ensuring that their children grow up with an appreciation of the importance of good oral hygiene is one of the most valuable things a parent can do. Teaching little ones to brush, floss, and maintain proper dental care practices from their earliest years on is something that can pay dividends for decades to come. Giving kids the tools they need to avoid expensive, painful dental problems as they grow older is an objective all parents should strive to meet.

Thorough brushing and flossing must be an integral part of every child’s daily dental care regimen in order to eliminate the bacteria that contribute to plaque buildup. When plaque sits on the teeth, bacteria begin to eat away at essential tooth enamel and cavities are likely to result. As soon as a child’s first tooth emerges, daily teeth cleaning must begin. Flossing plays an equally important role, as it helps remove food particles and debris that a toothbrush may not be able to reach. An affordable dentist can help parents determine an appropriate dental care plan at each stage of a child’s development.

The benefits of fluoride in terms of maintaining good dental health must not be underestimated. Parents should research whether or not they live in a municipality with a fluoridated water supply. If they do not, it is wise to consult with an affordable dentist in to find effective, safe ways to introduce fluoride supplementation as needed as a means to cavity prevention.

Parents who are committed to providing their children with the best possible dental care program should also investigate dental sealants, which can be an effective cavity-prevention tool. A sealant is basically a thin coating of material that is applied directly to the child’s back molars. It is intended to create a barrier that prevents intrusion of bacteria and food debris into the tiny grooves and ridges in those teeth.

By taking small children to see the dentist as soon as their first teeth appear, parents can ensure that sound dental care habits and practices become a way of life for the entire family. The positive impact of that decision will be felt for a lifetime.

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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
My cleaning, x-rays and examination were all handled very professionally and efficiently, so I was done in less than one hour.
Thomas M.
I’ve been coming here for quite a few years and feel like they really care about my health and understand my fears about any pain I might be feeling.
Cynthia M.
Great dentist! First time there and I didn’t feel any pressured into anything. Great experience.
Katelyn M.
Excellent service.
Joyce R.
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.
Because the dentist and staff is phenomenal!
Shelley A.
Nice people , friendly and helpful.
Bill B.
Friendly staff, Dentist very patient with me.
Consuelo K.
Phenomenal staff and service! Very happy with my experience!
Paige L.
The staff is very friendly , they genuinely seem to care about you as a person. The dentist is very gentle , calming and does a great job.
Carolyn S.
Great service
Camilla S.
Very friendly!
Amanda P.
Excellent care and treatment! Staff is amazing and always so friendly. My family has been coming here for years!
Joshua B.
They are super nice and very gentel I hate going to the dentist but felt secure here. It’s great they are open late a couple nights a week so my husband can go and doesn’t have to take off of […]
Ladeana S.
Minimal waiting, friendly and knowledgable staff.
Kristie B.
I am new to this office and my first appointment was pleasant (well… as pleasant as going to the dentist can be, I guess!). The staff was nice and I loved Dr. Steffens.
Casey V.
Great care and they don’t push unnecessary products or treatments. Just like my old family Dentist. Highly recommend.
Kay B.
This is the friendliness most caring office I have ever been to. The six staff members I encountered worked so well together and really seemed to enjoy working with one another, which made me feel so […]
Adam J.
I love it there the workers there are very nice and helpful.
Danuel S.
The office staff is very friendly and I love my hygienist, Debi.
Lori D.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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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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  • Phone: (248) 721-4086
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