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Questions about Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood MA?

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

 

Below is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently from our patients. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give our Norwood, MA pediatric dental practice a call and we'll be happy to assist you.

 

Call us at 781-349-4750 to make an appointment or ask us a question.

General Pediatric Questions
When should I first take my child to the dentist?

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visits the Dentist by his/her 1st birthday.

 

All children 12 years and under are treated in a separate area of the office designed to see our little patients. Children and adolescents with special needs (medical, physical or intellectual disability) will also be seen in our clinic.

 

Why should I take my child to a pediatric dentist?
A Pediatric Dentist has highly-specialized training in the management and treatment of children. He/she must obtain at least two additional years of post-Doctoral education, and certification, in this Specialty - training that a general dentist or other specialist does not have. As such, we are the dental experts in caring for children, just as your Pediatrician is the medical expert. Being "nice", "liking children", etc., is very important, but having the education and experience to know how to treat them correctly is essential. Would you want less for your child?
Do you offer latex-free dental visits?

YES! Our office is a latex-free environment. We strive to provide an environment welcoming to all adult and pediatric patients with latex allergies. In addition, none of our products have BPA (Bisphenol A) added. Please call us at (781) 349-4750 for more details!

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums
How to effectively brush your children's teeth

Children's hands and mouths are different than adults. They need to use toothbrushes designed for children. Both adults and children should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months.

 

Wipe infant's teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth, gauze square, or a finger brush. As babies grow, use a child's toothbrush with a small, pea-sized dab of toothpaste. By age two or three begin to teach your child to brush. They will not be totally effective at that age so you will still need to brush for them as well. By allowing them to brush themselves daily, you will help them create the daily habits and patterns of brushing and eventually flossing. Our dentists and hygienists advise children to use a gentle, short, back and forth motion to remove plaque. This is an effective technique for their level of dexterity. When children are older, they can switch to the method below.

 

  • Hold the brush at a 45 degrees angle towards teeth and gums. Move the brush back and forth with short strokes, about a half tooth wide.

  • Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top, and bottom.

  • Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.

  • Gently brush the tongue to remove debris.

  • Floss between teeth daily.

 

When to Begin Brushing

 

Once your child's teeth begin erupting, you should begin cleaning them by wiping them with a moist washcloth, gauze, or finger brush. As your child gets more teeth, you can begin to use a soft child's toothbrush. You should use just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste (such as Baby OraGel) until your child is able to spit it out (too much fluoride can stain their teeth).

 

For most toddlers, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge.

 

Some suggestions for making tooth brushing less of a battle can include:

 

  • Let your child brush your teeth at the same time.

  • Let your child pick out a few toothbrushes with his favorite characters and giving him a choice of which one he wants to use each time (this will give him some feeling of control over the situation).

  • Let your child brush his own teeth first (you will likely have to "help out").

  • Get your child some children's books about tooth brushing.

  • Have everyone brush their teeth at the same time.

  • To help your child understand the importance of brushing, it can be sometimes fun and helpful to let them eat or drink something that will "stain" their teeth temporarily (called disclosing solution) and then brush them clean.

 

It can also be a good idea to create a "tooth brushing routine," and stick to the same routine each day.

Emergencies
What to do in an emergency?

If any of the followings below happen to you or your child please call us!

 

  • Toothache
  • Broken teeth and trauma
  • Bitten tongue, lip, or cheek
  • Bleeding after tooth falls out
  • Objects caught between teeth
  • Mouth or Cold sores
“My child knocked out a tooth.”

Find the tooth and hold it by the crown. Try not to hold the root. If the tooth did not fall on the floor and did not get soiled, rinse under room temperature water. Do not attempt to rub or clean the tooth by any other means. If it is a permanent tooth, you may try to reinsert the tooth back into its original position in the socket and have your child hold it in place with a clean cloth.

 

If it is a baby or primary tooth, do not reinsert the tooth. If you cannot reinsert the permanent tooth, transport the tooth in a cup of milk, saliva, or water along with your child to a dentist immediately. Time is critical in trying to save the tooth. If this occurs late at night and you are unable to reach your dentist, follow the same instructions but go to your local hospital immediately.
 

“My child broke out a piece of a tooth.”

Rinse any debris from the injured area with water. Try to locate the broken tooth fragment and also rinse with water. Place the broken piece in a cup of saliva or water and contact or visit a dentist as quickly as possible.

“My child’s lip, cheek, or tongue is bleeding or bruised.”

Apply ice to the bruised area. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth. If the bleeding cannot be controlled after 15 minutes with simple pressure, take the child to a dentist or your local hospital immediately.
 

“My child has broken braces and wires.”

If a broken appliance can be removed, take it out. If you cannot remove it, place a cotton ball or chewing gum over the area or wire causing discomfort. If there is continued discomfort, take your child to a dentist immediately. If the appliance is broken but not causing discomfort, the child usually does not need emergency treatment. Call your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

“My child has two rows of teeth!”

This is a concern of many parents and is our office's #1 emergency visit. There are times when the permanent (adult) teeth erupt before the primary (baby) teeth exfoliate (fall out). The adult tooth mostly erupts behind the baby tooth, making it appear as a "double row" of teeth. The baby teeth fall out eventually in the majority of cases; however, you should present to the office if discomfort or sensitivity is noted.