Duxbury Children's Dentistry specializes in the care of children and special needs patients. The services that we offer include dental care on baby and permanent teeth including fillings, extractions, minor appliance therapy, space maintenance, screening for orthodontic concerns, management of traumatized teeth, care for oral tissues, and anxiety management. We also offer digital x-rays.
We follow the recommendation of the American Dental Association that children should have a professional cleaning and exam every six months. At these visits we will work with your child to help him/her become familiar with our tools. We love to teach children how to better care for their teeth but also involve the parent because children, despite their best efforts, sometimes don't have the attention or hand/eye coordination to maintain their oral health. It is important to have parental supervision for brushing and flossing.
In general, gentle techniques and patience will win most patients over without a problem. For those children who are too young to cope effectively with dental treatment in the office, Dr. Kierstin Kerr has operating room privileges at Franciscan Children's Hospital in Brighton, MA. Please view our PDF regarding dental care at the hospital: Overview of Hospital Dentistry.
Our goal is to give children a proud smile and to help teach them the responsibilities of good oral hygiene and a healthy diet.
Pediatric dentists have dedicated their careers to the oral health of children from infancy to the teen years. In order to be considered a pediatric dentist, one must complete four years of dental training at an accredited U.S. dental school and an additional two years of specialty training at an accredited pediatric dentistry program focusing on dentistry for infants, children, teens and special needs.
In addition to advanced dental training, pediatric dentists study child development and psychology. This enables them to communicate with children in an effective and gentle manner. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that
children see a pediatric dentist by age one (or approximately six months after the emergence of the first primary tooth).
A board-certified pediatric dentist is one of a small group of leading practitioners in the field of pediatric dentistry. In order to achieve ABPD (American Board of Pediatric Dentistry) board certification, a pediatric dentist must first successfully complete the aforementioned training, and then must go through the rigorous process of completing the requirements to become board-certified. Those pediatric dentists who have become board certified have demonstrated an advanced clinical and scientific mastery of pediatric dentistry and earn the title of Diplomate of the American Board Pediatric Dentistry.
TeleDentistry utilizes technology to deliver virtual oral healthcare. You will receive the same level of care as when you walk through our doors, but without the need to leave your house. Please note, not every patient can be diagnosed and/or treated through this service. Insurance companies may cover this service, but please be aware that there could be fees and/or copays associated with it.
Please call us at 781-934-7111 or click on the request appointment link on our home page to be connected with one of our Doctors.
All teeth are different and accidents happen. Whether your teeth are crooked, chipped, damaged or if you've had mouth trauma, our team can treat you quickly using the latest techniques and the finest materials. Although most baby teeth will fall out on their own as the adult tooth underneath pushes its way up into the mouth, there are times where a baby tooth needs to be extracted. Most baby tooth extractions can be done in office. In need of immediate care? Our dentists can be reached on our emergency hotline by calling 781-934-7111.
Great dental care does not have to be scary! For children with severe decay and/or anxiety we offer nitrous oxide as a way to make your child's experience a positive one. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is administered through a fitted mask, which is placed over the nose as the child breathes normally. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects. Nitrous oxide administration is very safe. Our entire staff is professionally trained in the proper use of it and management of the patient being treated with it. View our Nitrous Oxide Consent Form.
The use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in dentistry is well documented for its safe and successful ability to help slow or stop the progression of tooth decay and/or sensitivity. It has been shown that SDF applied at least once a year effectively stopped the growth of 65-70% of active cavities. SDF is a liquid containing silver particles and 38% fluoride ion and is made up of 25% silver, 8% ammonia, 5% fluoride and 62% water. Although it does turn cavities black in color, the amount of blackness will be limited to areas of decay only. It does not stain healthy tooth structure. Treatment of tooth decay with Silver Diamine Fluoride does not always prevent the need to place a regular filling in the affected tooth in order to restore function, aesthetics, or help prevent infection. Additional applications may be needed.
It is ideal for cavities on highly anxious children, partially erupted teeth, or smaller cavities that may continue to grow and cause complications.
Injuries can easily occur when a child begins to participate in sports and recreational activities. Protect your smile by wearing a mouth guard every time.
Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth, and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe.
We will be happy to discuss the options of a custom and an over-the-counter mouth guard.
Bruxism is a very common condition also known as grinding or clenching of your teeth. Most of the time it is an unconscious habit while you are sleeping. If you are waking up with sore/tight jaw muscles or headaches you may be suffering from bruxism. Other symptoms may include a grinding sound at night, popping or clicking of the TMJ joint located in front of your ears and/or shortening height of your teeth or broken dental fillings. The good news is that most children tend to outgrow bruxism. If bruxism is suspected we will evaluate and determine if you may benefit from wearing a night guard. Night guards need to be properly fitted and adjusted from time to time depending on the severity of your habit. We will be happy to discuss the options of a custom made and an over-the-counter night guard.