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Pediatric Dentistry

 Pediatric Dentistry

When it comes to choosing the right pediatric dentist for your child, we
know only the best will do. Our children dentist are
ready and capable to treat your child’s dental needs.


Our pediatric dentist recognize that many children are nervous and scared of going to the kids
dentist. That is why we strive to make the experience one that stands
out above the rest. Our children dentist creates a positive, fun atmosphere to help
your children get over their fear and anxiety about going to the
dentist. We offer the latest treatments to keep their teeth and gums
healthy and to prevent problems in the future, emphasizing strong children dental
care education for children and teach them healthy hygiene habits. That way
they can do their part in maintaining good oral health and a beautiful
smile!


If a pediatrician dentist sees your child twice a year, then the pediatrician dentist can effectively
monitor and guide development and assist in the maintenance of healthy
teeth and gums. Though preventive pediatric dental care is always preferable, we look
forward to joining your child at any point of his or her dental journey.
Establishing an excellent foundation for a life-long healthy, gorgeous
smile is our specialty.


Why Are Primary Teeth Important?

Our pediatric dentist believe that it is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth.
Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect
developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important
for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent
teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting
normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also
affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance.
While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth
(cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.


Your Child's Teeth

Children’s
teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first
primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central
incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all
20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their
eruption varies.


Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6,
starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. At the age of
8, you can generally expect the bottom 4 primary teeth (lower central
and lateral incisors) and the top 4 primary teeth (upper central and
lateral incisors) to be gone and permanent teeth to have taken their
place. There is about a one to two year break from ages 8-10 and then
the rest of the permanent teeth will start to come in. This process
continues until approximately age 21.


Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth). To understand more, contact our pediatric dentist for more information.

Preventive Care

Our children dentist say that prevention
is the best method for safeguarding your child’s adorable smile. In
many cases, by attending consistent dental checkups, we can prevent
problems like cavities from ever developing. A significant aspect of
prevention also includes your home habits. The pediatric dentist will provide explanations
and demonstrations for best care practices to assist you in directing
your child toward effective brushing and flossing techniques.


Restorative Treatments

Your
child’s teeth, like your own, are built for durability, functioning
independently and as an integral component of a larger unit. Even with pediatric dental care for kids, teeth are vulnerable to damage, including injury from
physical trauma as well as the negative side effects of dental plaque.
When plaque remains on teeth for extended periods, the result may
include tooth decay and the potential for infection. Children dentist concentrate on repairing damage, restoring structural
integrity, and removing decay and infection, such as with a dental
filling, to guide teeth back to optimal oral health.


Before the First Visit

If
it is your child’s first visit to a children dentist or just the first time to
a new office, we want your child to feel comfortable and have a good
time in our office. Before your visit it is good to inform your child
where they are going and always be positive. It is important to refrain
from the use of negative words that will cause unnecessary fear. Please
do not tell your child that the “dentist (or pediatric dentist) will not hurt” as this may
never have entered his/her mind. Also, please avoid using such words as
needle, shot, pull or any other word suggesting an unpleasant
experience. Our children dentist and team will tell your child exactly what is
going to happen in a pleasant non-threatening manner. Expect your child
to do well and enjoy their visit to our children dentist!


New Patient 3 Years of Age and Over

As a
three year old your child will most likely be ready for a “Big Kid
Cleaning”. The appointment will entail the taking of necessary
radiographs, removal of plaque and tartar, polishing, flossing and
application of topical fluoride. Our pediatric dentist will then perform
a thorough head and neck examination and evaluate the health of your
child’s teeth, gums, and bite. The children dentist will also give you and your
child any necessary oral hygiene instruction in an age appropriate
manner.


New Patient Under 3 Years of Age

The purpose and
goal of this visit is to provide the foundation for a lifetime of
optimum oral health. We will discuss dietary habits, how to keep your
child’s mouth clean, and discuss any other issues or concerns that you
may have. A thorough examination will be performed by one of the doctors
and topical fluoride will be applied to your child’s teeth. The
examination with our kids dentist will be done with your toddler laying in your lap. With this
and following visits your child will mature and become more trusting in
us. When they reach the age of three we will begin regular continuing
care as explained above.


Does My Child Go Back Alone?

Parents
are encouraged to accompany their child to the treatment area for their
initial visit. This gives you the opportunity to see our team in
action. Our children dentist do ask that if you decide to accompany your child back at the
first visit that you assume the role of a silent observer. Your
presence is greatly enhanced if you play a passive role. If more than
one person is speaking to the child at once they may become confused.
This is so that cooperation and trust become established between your
child and our team. After the first visit your child will be encouraged
to come back alone. This builds autonomy and trust between us and your
child. This will also help us establish a closer rapport with your child
while building his/her confidence.


Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)

Radiographs
(X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part children dental care. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will
be missed by our pediatric dentist.


Radiographs detect much more than cavities. For
example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose
bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic
treatment. Radiographs allow dentists to diagnose and treat health
conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If
dental problems are found and treated early, children dental care is more
comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.


The
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs and
examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth
decay. On average, most pediatric dentist request radiographs
approximately once a year. Approximately every 3 years, it is a good
idea to obtain a complete set of radiographs, either a panoramic and
bitewings or periapicals and bitewings.


Pediatric dentists are
particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to
radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation
received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is
negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk
than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and
shields will protect your child. Today’s equipment filters out
unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest.
High-speed film and proper shielding assure that your child receives a
minimal amount of radiation exposure.


Call your pediatric dentist about more information on x-rays.


Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment

Our
Arlington pediatric dentist provides a comprehensive selection of
children’s dental treatments. To learn more, or to schedule a visit,
contact our office at 781-648-0279. Our kids dentist proudly welcome patients from
Arlington, MA, and all surrounding communities, including Belmont,
Cambridge, Lexington, Medford, Somerville, Watertown, and Winchester.


If
any additional pediatric dental treatment is diagnosed at the first appointment, we will
review any available radiographs and the treatment plan with you. Our
new patient coordinator will discuss the financial aspects of your
child’s dental treatment and review your dental benefits as needed. We will
then schedule an appointment with our kids dentist to complete the treatment for a later date.