Pediatric Dentistry Westborough
Not many people think of the dentist as a fun experience. However, children should not be taught that dentists are scary. While dentists do sometimes use tools that can be loud or awkward, dentists should not be feared. They are helpful people who help take care of teeth, which are necessary for everyday life.
When a child is fearful of the dentist, they avoid going there. This causes them to delay treatment for oral health issues, which can lead to infections and tooth loss.
Unfortunately, many parents do not understand the importance of dental health for young children. A child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, so proper dental care is not always emphasized when a child is younger. However, by scheduling your child’s first visit to the dentist by the time they are 12 months old, the dentist can develop a relationship with your child. This can be helpful in establishing proper brushing and flossing habits that will benefit your child for life.
It is helpful for children to see a pediatric dentist who specializes in dental care for children. Children are different from adults. Many kids have a hard time sitting still. Many are anxious and fearful. The right dentist can make your child feel relaxed.
Pediatric dentists are skilled at treating children from infancy through the teen years. They keep your child entertained with movies and games so they feel comfortable at the dentist. Many dentists can even work with special needs children.
Family Dental Westborough offers pediatric dentistry so that our youngest patients can enjoy clean and healthy teeth. Your child will feel right at home in our welcoming environment. Is it time for your child to see the dentist? If so, schedule an exam today Give us a call at (508) 366-7450.
Types of Pediatric Dentistry Treatment
Pediatric dentistry involves many elements of dental care, including the following:
- Oral health exams
- Cavity repair
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental injuries
- Gum disease
- Nutrition counseling
- Habit counseling
Why is Preventative Care Important for Children?
Preventative dental care may not seem necessary for children, but it is especially important when they are young. Children are prone to tooth decay due to consumption of sugary foods, combined with poor oral hygiene. Children love candy, sodas, juices and other sweets that can cause cavities because these foods and drinks leave sugar in the mouth. This sugar breaks down teeth and causes cavities and other issues. On top of that, brushing and flossing are not priorities for children, so these sugars may be left on the teeth for long periods of time, leading to significant damage.
For these reasons, dental checkups by a pediatric dentist are important. The dentist may use treatments such as fluoride and sealants to prevent decay.
Oral Health Recommendations for Children
They will start getting teeth at around 6 months of age. This will continue until about age 3. Therefore, it’s a good idea for children to visit the dentist by their first birthday. When children start teething, their gums may feel sore. A wet cloth or a teething ring can help with the pain.
Your child will lose their baby teeth as they get older. They will be replaced by permanent teeth, which start erupting at around age 6. This may continue until age 21.
Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
Good oral health habits should start as soon as your child gets their first tooth. Start brushing teeth as soon as they emerge. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste. However, avoid fluoride toothpaste, which is not recommended for children under the age of 2.
Flossing should also be a part of your child’s routine once they get two adjacent teeth. Your dentist can show you how to best floss your child’s teeth.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular cleanings, exams and checkups. They may get fluoride at each visit to prevent decay.
Schedule A Consultation Today
Contact Family Dental of Westborough to schedule your consultation. Our friendly staff would be delighted to assist you and your family.
Call (508) 366-7450 or book an appointment online. Most major insurances are accepted and new patients are welcome. We look forward to meeting you.