508 Dentist provides pediatric dental services in Swansea, MA. Call 508-336-8478 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
As a family dental practice, we treat patients of all ages, including children. We believe that positive experiences at the dentist’s office starting at an early age help lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
When we see children at our office, we take a different approach than we do with adults. Our focus is on preventive care and oral hygiene instruction, which means spending time with your child showing them how to brush and floss properly and talking to them about the importance of eating a healthy diet to keep teeth strong. Because dental anxiety is often rooted in a fear of the unknown, we explain everything we do during your child’s appointment so they know exactly what to expect. When kids feel respected and heard at the dentist’s office, they also feel empowered and enthusiastic about taking care of their teeth.
Our pediatric dental services include Preventive and Diagnostic Care, Interceptive Orthodontics, and Restorative Procedures like dental fillings, crowns, and pulp treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
What age should a child go to the dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that all children begin seeing the dentist by the age of 12 months or within six months of their first tooth’s eruption, whichever comes first.
How often should you take your child to the dentist?
Just like adults, children should see the dentist every six months for comprehensive oral exams and dental cleanings.
Do you need to fill cavities in baby teeth?
Yes, just because baby teeth are destined to fall out doesn’t mean they can be left to decay. Cavities cause children pain and can spread to surrounding teeth, including their permanent teeth. Unless a tooth is on the verge of falling out, cavities should be treated.
Why are my child’s teeth decaying?
The most common reasons for tooth decay in children are too many sugary foods and drinks and inadequate oral hygiene. When both of these are combined, it sets the stage for cavities. Bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugar; this bacteria releases acid that wears down tooth enamel, allowing cavities to form.
At what age should you start cleaning your child’s teeth?
As soon as your baby’s first teeth erupt, you should begin cleaning them with a gentle brush and a rice-sized dab of toothpaste. Silicone finger brushes are a great option. Even before your child has teeth, you can use a wet washcloth or gauze to clean their gums at the end of the day, which removes bacteria and helps get them used to the feeling of having their mouth cleaned.
Call 508-336-8478 to schedule your appointment.