Pediatric Children's Dentistry in Melrose, MA
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Preventive Children's Dentistry at Pan Dental Care in Melrose, MA is the ticket for ensuring that your child has a healthy smile. When was your child's last visit to Pan Dental Care? If it's been more than six months, it's time to come see us! Request an appointment with our team today.
Why Choose Pan Dental Care for Pediatric Children’s Dentistry?
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- Exceptional Children's Dentists and In-house Orthodontist All Under One Roof
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Pediatric Children’s Dentistry
At Pan Dental Care in Melrose, we love welcoming in the whole family for ongoing care! Our dentists can treat infants, toddlers, school-aged children, teenagers, and everyone who falls somewhere in-between, supporting their growing smiles at every major stage of development by providing gentle, friendly services that are well-suited to their current level of emotional maturity. Many of our preventive services are very well-suited for younger teeth, such as dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and more.
Schedule Your Infant’s First Dental Check-up at Baby’s First Birthday
Infants should be seen by our Dentists at Pan Dental Care after the first six months of age, and at least by the child's first birthday. By this time, the baby's first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become big concerns.
Schedule Your Toddler’s First Dental Cleaning at Two-Years Old
Years and years of research have demonstrated a clear positive link between healthier, stronger teeth and safe exposure to fluoride through drinking water and oral hygiene products. This natural mineral can work wonders on the enamel, which is why our dentists may recommend professional applications for children and adults during routine checkups. This process only takes a few minutes, and is a safe and effective way to further fight formation of cavities.
Sealants fill in the little ridges on the chewing part of your teeth to protect and seal the tooth from food and plaque. The application is easy to apply and typically last for several years
DENTAL X-RAYS TO DETECT CAVITIES EARLY
The routine bitewings are the x-rays taken annually to check for cavities between the teeth (the tooth surface where your children floss). This allows your dentists to detect cavities early..
Our outstanding in-house orthodontist, Dr. Elise Vincelette, recommends scheduling your child’s first orthodontic consult at 7 years old. Call and schedule your child's complimentary orthodontic consult today!
At Pan Dental Care, we recommend your child's first orthodontic consult at the age of seven years old. That way, we can detect crooked teeth early on and recommend orthodontic treatment as your child is growing. Our outstanding In-house orthodontist, Dr. Elise Vincelette is here in Melrose, and she encompasses a full range of orthodontic care.
If you’ve got passionate athletes in the family, we strongly recommend investing in a custom-made sports guard from Pan Dental Care. Unlike “one size fits all” appliances from the local sports store, these high-quality devices are designed with a patient’s comfort in mind, providing a secure, flexible fit that keeps teeth safe from harm while still allowing for easy breathing and speaking throughout the big game. Sports mouth guards should always be worn during sports. Wear a sports guard both with and without braces.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Conditions like gum irritation and thumb-sucking could create problems later on. Babies who suck their thumbs may be setting the stage for malformed teeth and bite relationships.
Luckily, we have our in-house Orthodontist, Dr. Elise Vincelette, who provides complimentary Orthodontic Consults to ensure that your child is on their way to a healthy bite.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Another problem that can be spotted early is a condition called "baby bottle tooth decay," which is caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby's mouth.
If "baby bottle tooth decay" is left untreated, this can lead to premature decay of your baby's future primary teeth, which can later hamper the proper formation of permanent teeth.
3 Ways to Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
- One of the best ways to avoid baby bottle tooth decay is to not allow your baby to nurse on a bottle while going to sleep.
- Avoid dipping pacifiers in sweet substances such as honey, because this only encourages early decay in the baby's mouth.
- Encouraging your young child to drink from a cup as early as possible will also help stave off the problems associated with baby bottle tooth decay.
Teething is a sign that your child's gums are sore. This is perfectly normal. You can help relieve this by allowing the baby to suck on a teething ring, or gently rubbing your baby's gums with the back of a small spoon, a piece of wet gauze, or even your finger.
Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking
For babies under the age of 4, teething rings and pacifiers can be safely used to facilitate the child's oral needs for relieving gum pain and for suckling.
After the age of 4, pacifiers are generally discouraged because they may interfere with the development of your child's teeth.
Moreover, thumb-sucking should be strongly discouraged because it can lead to malformed teeth that become crooked and crowded.
Primary and Permanent Teeth
Every child grows 20 primary teeth, usually by the age of 3. These teeth are gradually replaced by the age of 12 or so with a full set of 28 permanent teeth, and later on, four molars called "wisdom teeth.
It is essential that a child's primary teeth are healthy, because their development sets the stage for permanent teeth. If primary teeth become diseased or do not grow in properly, chances are greater that their permanent replacements will suffer the same fate.
For example, poorly formed primary teeth that don't erupt properly could crowd out spaces reserved for other teeth. Space maintainers can sometimes be used to correct this condition, if it is spotted early enough.
Special Infant Finger Brush
Babies' gums and teeth can be gently cleaned with special infant toothbrushes that fit over your finger. Water is suitable in lieu of toothpaste (because the baby may swallow the toothpaste).
It is important that your children are supervised by grown-ups to ensure they're brushing for at least two-minutes. At Pan Dental Care, we recommend playing your child's favorite song and brushing from beginning to end! Brushing accompanied with music is fun!
Once your child's teeth are touching tooth-to-tooth and have tight neighboring teeth, please help your child floss once per day. Good habits start young!
Parents are advised to avoid fluoride toothpastes on children under the age of 2. Primary teeth can be cleansed with child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrushes. Remember to use small portions of toothpaste (a pea-sized portion is suitable), and teach your child to spit out, not swallow, the toothpaste when finished.
Fluoride in the Community Water
Fluoride is generally present in most public drinking water systems.
If you are unsure about your community's water and its fluoride content, or learn that it has an unacceptable level of fluoride in it, there are fluoride supplements your dentist can prescribe. Your child may not be getting enough fluoride just by using fluoride toothpaste.
Toothaches can be common in young children. Sometimes, toothaches are caused by erupting teeth, but they also could indicate a serious problem.
You can safely relieve a small child's toothache without the aid of medication by rinsing the mouth with a solution of warm water and table salt. If the pain doesn't subside, acetaminophen may be used. If such medications don't help, contact your dentist immediately.
Prevent Mouth Injuries
You can help your child prevent oral injuries by closely supervising him during play and not allowing the child to put foreign objects in the mouth.
For younger children involved in physical activities and sports, mouth guards are strongly encouraged, and can prevent a whole host of injuries to the teeth, gums, lips and other oral structures.
Mouth guards are generally small plastic appliances that safely fit around your child's teeth. Many mouth guards are soft and pliable when opened, and mold to the child's teeth when first inserted.
If a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see our office. Remember to hold the dislocated tooth by the crown—not the root. If you cannot relocate the tooth, place it in a container of cold milk, saline or the victim's own saliva. Place the tooth in the solution.
First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will keep down swelling.
For a Fractured Tooth
For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling.
If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded or if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged.
If a child's primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, try getting the child to gently bite down on an apple or piece of caramel; in some cases, the tooth will easily separate from the gum.
Irritation caused by retainers or braces can sometimes be relieved by placing a tiny piece of cotton or gauze on the tip of the wire or other protruding object. If an injury occurs from a piece of the retainer or braces lodging into a soft tissue, contact our office immediately and avoid dislodging it yourself.
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