Dr. Daryle Mahnke, DDS is a family dentist in Bay City and understands the importance of beginning pediatric routine dental care at an early age: it is estimated by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that more than 50% of first grade children in the U.S. have cavities and by age 18, this figure rises to 80% !
With so many of our foods and beverages today containing sugars, it is more important than ever to start setting the foundation for good oral hygiene at an early age- Dr. Mahnke recommends bringing children in for their first visit around 3 years of age. Dr. Mahnke and his staff understand that some children may feel anxious about visiting the dentist and they make every effort to make them feel comfortable and relaxed in their Bay City dental office.
Preventive care visits enable Dr. Mahnke and his staff to establish a relationship with their young patients, hopefully alleviating any anxiety they may be experiencing. Dr. Mahnke takes the time to educate pediatric patients on the benefits of healthy eating- parents love this! – as well as the proper ways to brush and floss at home between visits. Good at home oral hygiene can reduce tooth decay and the development of cavities. These visits also allow Dr. Mahnke to spot any developing dental health problems in their early stages, when conservative treatments are most effective and include the following:
- Teeth cleaning
- Fluoride treatment
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Periodontal screening (for gingivitis and gum disease)
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
Dr. Mahnke is a family dentist, and many parents and caregivers appreciate the convenience of being able to bring all members of the family to the same Bay City dental practice. Children have the added benefit of being able to “go to the dentist” with their parent- this can help an anxious child feel reassured and reenforces good dental habits that can last a lifetime!
Contact Dr. Mahnke at his Bay City office to schedule an appointment for you – and your family!