The Right Care for the Right Ages
In general, children should see a pediatric dentist for their dental care. Pediatric dentists specialize in treating problems that occur before a child has all of her permanent teeth. A skilled pediatric dentist can often spot and treat risk factors for poor bite or malocclusions early, reducing or eliminating the need for future interventions and orthodontia. Dr. Theresa Salem is a skilled and experienced pediatric dentist in Holbrook, MA.
Pediatric dentists usually like to see babies for the first time around their first birthday. It’s especially important to see a dentist early if your child has a history of acid reflux. Reflux can damage teeth, and if a child waits too long for her first dental appointment, the damage may be irreversible.
The Importance of Fluoride
Children need fluoride to protect their baby teeth and to help their adult teeth develop properly. If you have city water, encourage your children to drink tap water, not bottled water. If you have well water, have a reverse osmosis system, or are uncomfortable drinking tap water, your child may need fluoride supplements. A pediatrician or pediatric dentist can prescribe the appropriate supplements for your child.
Brushing Starts Early
Young children can’t brush their own teeth. Brush your baby’s teeth twice a day from the time that their first teeth appear. Get into the habit of flossing their teeth daily too. What you do now will help your child develop good oral hygiene habits that will stay with them for their entire life.
If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry or children’s dentistry, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Holbrook pediatric dentist, Dr. Theresa Salem at Pearl Dental Associates, give us a call today at (781) 995-3334.