It is important to practice and maintain healthy oral hygiene from a young age. For this reason, Dr. Raymond Ribitch and his professional team provide treatment for patients of all ages. Dr. Ribitch and his team can provide personalized dental care for you and your family.
Our team enjoys providing patient education about oral health, and helping young patients learn how to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We offer sports mouthguards, tooth bonding, and Invisalign for older children. Dr. Ribitch and his team want to provide consistent care every step of the way.
Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, MI
Learn more about these treatment options:
- Mouthguards: Do you or your child play contact sports? Protect your teeth and your child’s teeth from injury with a custom mouthguard. Dr. Ribitch will work with you or your child to create a sports mouthguard that fits comfortably. He will take a mold of teeth to craft the final custom mouthguard.
- Tooth Bonding: Tooth bonding is a quick and easy solution to cosmetic problems that many patients face. Like porcelain veneers, tooth bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth. Dr. Ribitch can complete your tooth bonding procedure in just one visit to his office.
- Invisalign: Using a series of clear aligners, you can get straighter teeth in 3 to 9 months. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are comfortable and can be easily removed and cleaned. Because aligners are made of ultra-thin plastic, they won’t damage teeth or gums. Treatment with Invisalign can also be used in conjunction with other restorative treatments. If you have misaligned teeth or an uneven bite, our professionals are able to fix these complex dental problems in our Mount Pleasant, MI office.
FAQS: Dental Care for Children
How important are primary teeth?
Primary or “baby” teeth help children speak and chew and also help to form a path for permanent future teeth. Primary teeth need to be taken care of because cavities and infections can be painful and can lead to serious health problems, especially in the future.
How do you care for primary teeth?
As soon as your child’s first tooth shows, it can be cleaned with a wet washcloth or wet gauze. If a toothbrush is used, it should be an infant toothbrush so that it is the correct size for your child.
Where does decay on the primary teeth occur most often?
The upper front teeth or the upper primary molars found furthest back in the mouth are the most prone to decay. These primary teeth should also be flossed to clean between them.
When should I start using toothpaste on my child’s teeth?
Even before teeth come in, you should use an infant toothbrush or wet washcloth to clean your child’s gums. When teeth do come in, you should use a small amount of toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth twice a day.
Dental Care for Teens, Adults, and Seniors
Regular care is just as important as you continue to age. We monitor your smile so we can catch any possible issues before they get to the more serious stages. In the late teens and early 20s, wisdom teeth come into the picture. Our mouths often aren’t big enough to accommodate this extra set of molars. They can cause your mouth to be cramped, and teeth can shift and move. If the teeth are impacted under the surface, it can lead to pain and infection. Usually, we recommend a wisdom tooth extraction.
You don’t have to be of a certain age to get a straighter smile. We offer Invisalign treatment to adults of any age. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to slowly shift your teeth into the correct position. Many people prefer it over traditional metal braces. Treatment is subtle, and it’s hard to tell you’re even wearing aligners. You can also take out the aligners to perform your oral healthcare routine and eat.
The years take a toll on our oral health, just like they take a toll on the rest of the body. Teeth discolor naturally as we age, as the enamel layer wears down and exposes the off-white dentin underneath. Lifestyle habits like smoking and coffee drinking have an impact as well. Professional teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry solutions can take years off of your smile.
Seniors are also more likely to lose a tooth. Even one missing tooth can have a huge impact on your oral health and the appearance of your smile. You should replace missing teeth as soon as possible. We recommend dental implants to any patient eligible. They’re the only tooth replacement solution that replaces the tooth root as well as the tooth crown. They help prevent jawbone deterioration and give you back 100% of your bite function.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Are you looking for a dental practice that provides personalized care for the whole family? Call Dr. Ribitch and his professional team at 989.268.7966.