Why should I choose Kellogg Dental for my dental care?

Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. Our staff prides themselves on providing:  

  • Convenient scheduling and extended office hours.

  • Kellogg Dental is located in Howell, MI on Byron Road.

  • Our staff keeps a neat and orderly office environment.

  • We keep your medical and dental records confidential and secure in a permanent file.

  • Our dentists and friendly staff are always ready and prepared to answer any questions you may have concerning your oral health.

  • Our knowledgeable staff will discuss the cost of your treatment and all payment options available to you BEFORE you begin.  

  • All of our dentists are members of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Your dentist at Kellogg Dental is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. They have completed at least eight years of schooling, and received either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree, or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. If your doctor is a pediatric dentist, this means that they specialize in caring for children from infancy through their teen years. Your dentist has received the proper education and training needed to work with young kids. Other specializations include: 

  • Endodontics (root canals)

  • Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)

  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics

  • Periodontics (gum disease)

  • Prosthodontics (implants)


WHY IS VISITING THE DENTIST SO IMPORTANT?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent tooth decay

  • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss

  • Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bad-breath causing bacteria in your mouth

  • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence

  • Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco

  • Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEE THE DENTIST?

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.

If you have children, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six-months-old and no later than one-year-old. During this time, your child's baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.


MY TEETH FEEL FINE. DO I STILL NEED TO SEE A DENTIST?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it's still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile's appearance is important, and our dentists can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Kellogg Dental offers many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening

  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth

  • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers


HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY TEETH BETWEEN DENTAL CHECKUPS?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!

  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.

  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).

  • Don't be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.

  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.


WHAT IS A CAVITY?

A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities are formed when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This produces an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by remembering to brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss between teeth at least once.


IF I HAVE BRACES, DO I STILL NEED DENTAL CHECKUPS EVERY SIX MONTHS?

Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.


HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY NEXT CHECKUP?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

Call 517-618-0987 to schedule an appointment!

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