Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Alexandra Peri, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

MI-nt Dental

Alexandra Peri, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Bloomfield Hills, MI

The oral health needs of children differ from those of adults. Holistic dentist Alexandra Peri, DDS, of Mint Dental in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has the skills to oversee the development of your children’s teeth. For expert pediatric dentistry services, call the office or schedule online to make an appointment to support your child’s oral health today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

Why should I see a dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry focuses on children’s oral health, including development and early hygiene. Dr. Peri evaluates whether your child’s teeth are developmentally on track; she can also provide an early diagnosis of any problems, such as crowded teeth or serious bite misalignments.

Dr. Peri also provides a positive chairside manner that makes your child feel comfortable, even at a nerve-wracking dental visit. She has access to smaller dental tools and equipment that readily fit a child-sized mouth.

She’s also trained in the Healthy Start program, which can identify and treat sleep disorders in children.

When should my child first see a dentist?

As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, you should make an appointment to see the dentist. Baby teeth aren’t permanent, but they serve as a holding place for adult teeth. Healthy baby teeth allow your child’s speech to develop properly, helps them eat healthy foods, and allows them to feel confident about their smile.

Dr. Peri at Mint Dental helps your child understand the importance of good oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings and checkups are important in preventing tooth decay and tooth loss later in life.

How often should I schedule dental appointments for my child?

A child, just like an adult, benefits from a checkup scheduled every six months. This gives Dr. Peri the ability to check their growth, give your child’s teeth a professional cleaning, and screen for dental problems, such as cavities. If your child has a special need or orthodontic concern, they may need more frequent visits.

What do I need to know about brushing my child’s teeth?

Dr. Peri can recommend the best toothpaste for your child. The use of some toothpaste cleans your child’s teeth and protects them from decay. Your child shouldn’t ingest toothpaste, but a pea-sized amount for brushing is OK. You can increase the amount as your child grows.

Your child may also benefit from topical silver diamine fluoride or SDF. This is a liquid substance that prevents cavities in your teeth but doesn’t have the concerns associated with conventional fluoride treatments. 

What is SDF fluoride treatment?

Silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, is a liquid substance used to help prevent cavities in your teeth. It contains silver, which helps kill bacteria, water, and ammonia to help make the concentration of the solution maximally effective. 

SDF is considered a medical treatment but carries the same level of risks as other benign medical treatments, such as over-the-counter pregnancy tests.

What is the Healthy Start program?

 Disordered breathing in children is a serious problem that can interrupt sleep quality and cause issues such as:

  • Tooth grinding
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Bed wetting
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Night terrors

Healthy Start is a program designed to help identify the symptoms of sleep disorders. As a dentist trained in the program, Dr. Peri can help identify the underlying root cause and create a treatment plan that both cures the breathing disorders and corrects the orthodontic condition.

If you’re ready for a more natural approach to you and your family’s oral health care, call Mint Dental or schedule an appointment online.