Looking For A Family Dentist?
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want your family to be part of our family! You have several family dental options available to choose from when you make an appointment at our Rochester Hills office. We cater to the whole family, young and old, and we offer services from your child’s first dental appointment to cosmetic dentistry for adult smiles. Visit us and meet your new family dentist!Read Transcript
My experience with children is, they’re really not difficult at all. Most children are pretty well behaved. What’s a little bit different about our office is, we will never force a child to do anything. We just will not do that. We’ll never restrain a child, we’ll never force a child, we’ll never be unduly firm with a child. We want their experience to be a positive experience. We usually encourage moms with children about 3, just bring your child in when you come in for a cleaning or for re-care appointment, and just have them sit in the room and hang out with us. We take them for a ride in the chair, or we just get them incorporated to the environment. They see their parent there and they realize, “Wow, this is really not a big deal.” They’ll come in with their older brother or sister and they want to do it too, because they want to be like their older brother or sister.
We just find that kind of slower, more gradual approach. It helps a lot. Now if this child does develop a cavity down the line, then that’s more involved procedure than just coming in for a re-care appointment or a cleaning, hygiene appointment. It requires us to use a little more skill. We use something called a tell, show, do approach. We tell a child what we’re going to do, then we show the child what we’re going to do, and then we do it. What we don’t do all the time is use the exact same words a parent would use for the things that we’re doing. We’ll tell the parent, don’t give the child too much coaching. You’re welcome to be in the room while we do the procedure, but you’ll see that we never lie to children. If something is going to pinch a little bit or bother a little bit, we’re real up front about it. They know it’s coming, but we find that they tolerate it sometimes better than the parents do, which is pretty amazing.
Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist
You can rest easy knowing that your child will be comfortable at their first visit to Hubbard & Leath Dental. We take a number of steps to ensure your child’s comfort and well-being, such as:
- Starting their appointment with a ride in the chair. This will help them relax by making it seem like a game.
- Allowing your child to choose a prize from the treasure chest. The promise of a prize at the end of the appointment will make it easier to get to the end.
- Creating fun balloon shapes with a helium tank and balloons in the office.
- Providing your child with special glasses on their first visit.
Your child will feel right at home from their very first visit. You can even feel comfortable while you are having your dental exam because we are in the process of installing a kids’ play area to occupy them while you’re in the chair.
The Importance of Dental Cleanings & Exams
Most of your family’s visits to Hubbard & Leath Dental will be for routine maintenance. That is why you’ll love that we provide expertise in the area of dental cleanings and exams. You can bring the whole family in to have their teeth cleaned every six months to ensure superb dental hygiene.Read Transcript
We have a lot of experience here. First of all, we like treating children. We like family dentistry. We like kids here. I think that we treat kids with respect here. We never lie to children. We never say, “Oh, this isn’t going to hurt.”, then, do an injection. I think that a lot of the families that come here realize that. We’re also interested in the kids as far as preventing dental disease. That’s a big plus for the practice. Our hygienists are really well trained. They like children. If you go to an office where the people there don’t like children, you get that vibe pretty quick. Both Dr. Leath and I are family guys. We’ve both had children. We understand. He’s got younger children than I have now, but we still enjoy working on them. I think that part of the practice makes it a good place to come if you’re looking for somebody who is going to treat your whole family.
We will also do our part to make sure that no major dental problems arise by providing your family with regular dental exams. You will come into our comfortable office and be examined by your family dentist, Dr. Leath or Dr. Hubbard, there will be no rush, and you will always be treated with respect. Keeping up with your family’s dental well-being on a regular basis will go a long way to ensuring beautiful smiles for years to come!
Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Leath are highly skilled in all phases of general dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, and active members dental societies like the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Society, and the Oakland County District Dental Society.