Your child's early experiences at the dentist can help shape the future of his or her oral health. If you're looking for a caring, compassionate pediatric dentist in Lunenburg, MA, look no further than Today's Dental Of Lunenburg. We're pleased to offer comprehensive children's dentistry in a warm, comfortable office setting. Dr. Anna (kid's dental specialist) and her assistants offer a full array of dental services to infants, toddlers and adolescents, including:
FIRST VISIT: Comprehensive examination, prophy (cleaning), fluoride treatment and digital X-rays. And also saliva testing for dental caries and a caries risk assessment.
Infant oral health care (The first stages of tooth development are crucial for your child's health)
Oral care for patients with special needs
Oral habit correction appliance
Cosmetic fillings and bonding
At Today's Dental Of Lunenburg, we believe that a big part of children's dentistry involves teaching patients how to properly care for their teeth. Many children learn their most important oral hygiene habits from our pediatric dentists. At our office, we take dental trauma very seriously. Depending on the dental trauma, it can lead to tooth loss. We provide emergency dental care for infants, children and adolescents. Our office also makes athletic mouth guards for prevention of dental trauma.
But Today's Dental Of Lunenburg does more than just teach children about proper oral care. Our team of dedicated dental professionals goes the extra mile to provide gentle, thorough treatment when our patients need it the most. To learn more about our children's dentistry services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.
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A pedodontist is a dentist who has received advanced specialty training in meeting the dental needs of children from infancy to adolescence. Pedodontists, also referred to as "pediatric dentists," study child psychology, behavior management, caring for children with special needs, methods of handling oral/facial trauma, and various techniques for providing anesthesia and sedation. Pedodontists also understand the complexities of facial growth and development and have clinical skills required to meet the dental needs of all children at every stage of development. Most of all, pedodontists are passionate about what they do and enjoy working with children. They strive to make every dental experience a positive one as they help children establish a strong foundation for good oral health.
Even before your child is born, their first set of teeth is already forming. In fact, by one year of age, some of your baby's front teeth will have already come into place. While the arrival of your baby's first teeth is only one of many developmental milestones, it represents an excellent time to begin a program of oral care. According to recommendations from the American Dental Association, babies should see the dentist around the time of their first birthdays.
Your baby's first teeth typically begin to appear in the 6 to 12-month range. While this is an extraordinary milestone, you need to be aware that your baby may find the experience a little bit uncomfortable. Teething can make babies feel irritable. They may be fussy, have trouble sleeping, not want to eat, and drool quite a bit.
Although you are powerless to speed up the process of teething, there are a few things that you can do to soothe your baby as the new teeth are erupting into place. Common approaches to helping your baby feel more comfortable while getting new teeth, include teething rings or a cold spoon or moist gauze rubbed over their gums.
Even for these few new teeth, it's absolutely essential to establish an effective regimen of oral care. For information on when your baby's first set of teeth will erupt into place, consult this timeline from the American Dental Association: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/eruption-charts
Some children persist in sucking their thumbs or fingers beyond their preschool years. For these children, the activity continues to be a source of comfort, relaxation, and security. It may even help them fall asleep at night. However, it's essential to be aware that in the long-term, a finger sucking habit is not healthy.
If your child's thumb or finger sucking habit is still present when the permanent teeth begin to come in, your child is at a higher risk of developing a bad bite. By the age of five or six years, you need to constructively and gently help your child stop the habit.
It's also a good idea to have a comprehensive evaluation at this time. Your pedodontist can assess if there are any habit related alterations to the alignment of your child's teeth or jaws, or if it is affecting their speech or swallowing patterns. They can also discuss habit control strategies with you, as well as follow your child's bite and facial development as they grow. If interceptive appliances or corrective orthodontic care are recommended, the timetable and best options in care will be explained in complete detail.
Our goal is to help every patient experience the benefits of good oral health and a beautiful smile. We value the trust you have placed in our office and strive to provide solutions that meet your dental needs and expectations of care.