We recommend all children visit the dentist by age 1. First time parents or parents with other children who have had dental decay at a young age are especially encouraged to have an early oral exam.
Depending on the age or developmental stage of your child each visit will be tailored to them. Parents can remain with their children at all times if they choose and should be an active part of their visit. Often times parents can sit with their children or even have some quiet time to get them used to their surroundings and the tools that we use. We try to use little games and desensitizing techniques in order to familiarize the children. Our goal is to have children look forward to their visit! If the parents and kids are happy - we are happy!
Morning visits are recommended for children under the age of 5 because they tend to do better earlier in the day. Also, if you think you have to sit with your child and have a younger infant who may get fussy in the stroller it may be helpful to bring a friend or family member along who can help you out.
We have lots of cool and fun flavors and try to accommodate any taste aversions that children may have. If your child has strong preferences, please bring a toothpaste they are familiar with. We also have training toothpaste at the office that has a mild flavor so sometimes that is helpful.
Sometimes we take x-rays at the first visit if there is obvious decay or if there are no longer spaces between the teeth. The typical age that we screen for cavities in between the teeth is between 4 and 5 years of age. We often screen for missing or extra teeth at this age as well.
There are several towns in Massachusetts that don't have fluoride in the water so we may give a prescription for supplementation should you desire.
After the cleaning, fluoride and possible x-rays, each child will have an examination
by one of our certified pediatric dentists. Please have any
questions ready for the doctors and we will be happy to answer them. Parents
often have fun at the visits as well and we love to see parents watch a child
grow as a dental patient. Children commonly have cavities and it is important
to learn from the visits and not feel guilt as a parent. We have seen many children
from wonderful caring homes develop dental decay and it is our job to recognize
it, treat it and educate. Our practice encourages a team approach to the dental
care for your child.
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