First Visit by Age 1
We recommend that you bring your child for an initial dental visit when the first tooth has erupted, and no later than their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that parents establish a “dental home” for their children by age 1, because those who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
Preventive treatment includes:
- Digital Dental X-rays – a helpful diagnostic tool to detect potential problems unseen by the naked eye.
- Teeth cleaning/flossing – plaque/tartar removal, followed by polishing.
- Fluoride treatment – helps prevent decay and can repair teeth in the early, microscopic stages of disease.
- Dental sealants – a plastic coating applied to the biting surfaces of the molars to guard against decay.
- Counseling – we address diet, bottle and sippy cup use and hygiene with parents.
Preventive treatments usually begin when children are old enough to sit in a chair for cleaning, typically at age 3.
We offer tooth-colored fillings to repair decayed or fractured teeth.
Accidents happen, and we build time into our daily schedule to treat emergency cases. One of our dentists is on call at all times.
Our pediatric dentists receive special training in child psychology, and are good at helping children feel comfortable in the office. We recognize that some children do better in a quiet room with one-on-one attention than in an open exam bay. Our office is designed to meet a variety of needs.
We also offer a desensitizing program for children with autism and other special needs. Your child’s first visit may be only to see the office and take home a toothbrush. We may also have your child visit for a few minutes weekly just to get used to the atmosphere until they’re comfortable enough to proceed with treatment.
Every child is unique. Some children experience mild dental anxiety. To keep each child comfortable and relaxed, we use various relaxation and sedation techniques ranging from behavior management to medications such as inhaled nitrous oxide (available at our Millis location). With the proper preparations, a kid-friendly setting, and a team of dental professionals who are sensitive to each child’s needs, each dental appointment can be completed smoothly and successfully.
Children who are fearful or who require extensive treatment may benefit from sedation dentistry. Our doctors have hospital privileges at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, and they can schedule cases there that require general anesthesia for dental treatment.