Children's Dentistry - Holbrook, MA | Scituate, MA
Looking Out for Little Smiles
In general, children should see a children's dentist for their dental care. Children's dentists specialize in treating problems that occur before a child has all of her permanent teeth. A skilled Children's 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 children's dentist in Holbrook, MA.
Children's 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.
Why Choose Us for Children's Dentistry?
- Team of dedicated dentists at two convenient locations
- Flexible hours with Saturday appointments available
- Warm, welcoming, and friendly environment
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.
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.
Children’s Dentistry FAQs
Parents typically have a lot of questions for us regarding their children’s dental health care, and we are more than happy to answer them. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most often about children’s dentistry. If you have a question that isn’t covered here, don’t be afraid to give us a call! We’re always willing to take the time to answer your questions about your child’s dental care.
At What Age Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Visit?
The American Dental Association strongly recommends bringing your son or daughter in for their first dental visit with their children’s dentist in Holbrook by the age of one, or whenever their first tooth starts to erupt, whichever comes first. This will give us a chance to evaluate their oral health and let them get used to coming into the office. We can also provide you with information on how to keep your child’s smile healthy in between dental appointments.
Should I Clean My Baby’s Teeth? How?
Absolutely! Baby teeth can become decayed just as easily as adult teeth, and this can lead to problems such as cavities and gum disease. So, baby teeth need to be cleaned on a daily basis. You can gently clean your little one’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for babies. Do this at least once a day, ideally right before bedtime.
My Child Is Really Nervous About the Dentist. Can You Help?
Yes! Our team treats nervous young patients every single day, so we can definitely help your little one ease their dental anxieties. We are able to do this thank to our team’s warm and welcoming demeanor and pleasant, kid-friendly office environment. If your child needs a little more help feeling comfortable during their appointment, we are pleased to offer children’s sedation dentistry that is safe and calming enough to allow your child to receive the dental care they need, completely worry-free.
Do You Accept Dental Insurance?
Of course! We accept and are in-network with many popular PPO plans, and our expert team with help maximize your benefits at every appointment. We’ll even file your claims for you so that you don’t have to lift a finger during the process. To learn how we can use your particular insurance plan, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
We are contracted with the following dental insurance companies:
- Aetna PPO
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Cigna PPO
- Delta Dental