Pediatric dentistry requires a special understanding of the needs of children, including the intricate development of their teeth and gums. Good dental health practices should begin at an early age, and parents are encouraged to check in with a pediatric dentist regarding any tooth and gum questions that may arise during the crucial years of growth.
St. Joseph children’s dentist Dr. Sven Erickson is highly trained and possesses extensive knowledge of the many unique oral health issues that affect young children. He has the skills to identify problems early and can provide your children with the best solutions to ensure they maintain good oral health as they grow up.
At Modern Dentistry Associates, we make dental visits entertaining and fun for our youngest patients. Our team is especially patient and welcoming to children. We have several amenities to help make your child’s time in our chair enjoyable and easy, including DVDs, music, educational toys, blankets, and more.
Characteristics in baby teeth and how they fill in can indicate problems your child may experience with their adult teeth, as well as any jaw bone, jaw muscle, or gum issues that may arise in the future. Therefore, Dr. Erickson strives to address these warning signs from the moment they appear to ensure your child’s teeth and gums develop properly.
The earlier your children learn to appreciate and care for their teeth and gums, the better prepared they are to maintain a healthy smile throughout childhood and adulthood. We encourage dental visits as young as age 1 and at least by age 2. We can answer your questions on pediatric oral health issues like thumbsucking, gum development, pacifier and bottle use, and teething.
We use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection, a high tech method that measures fluorescence in tooth structure, to spot cavities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. DIAGNOdent is a key tool that can help us find areas of decay before they do significant damage to your child’s teeth.
During pediatric evaluations, Dr. Erickson performs complete orthodontic evaluations to see if teeth are coming in correctly. We are able to do occasional orthodontic work for children who need alignment help, including bite plates and some braces placement. However, the majority of pediatric braces cases are referred out to an orthodontic specialist.
Please contact our St. Joseph pediatric dentist today to schedule your appointment at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Elkhart, Indiana.