Children's Dentistry in Plymouth, MA
Early prevention and proper diet are the best proactive ways to reduce tooth decay in children.
We enjoy seeing children of all ages beginning after age 1. Generally, the under 3 year old visit is very brief. We’ll evaluate growth and tooth development, check for decay, and evaluate the soft tissues of the mouth. Your child’s dentist will also review fluoride, oral hygiene, and diet. This visit is as much for the parent as it is for the child.
A regular teeth cleaning is attempted around 3 or 4 years old. These children are scheduled with one of our dental hygienists to remove any plaque and calculus (tartar) that has accumulated on the teeth. Oral hygiene is always reviewed and we take time to educate our young patients on proper brushing and flossing habits. We’ll also discuss healthy food and drink choices. A fluoride application is normally applied towards the end of the visit.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth.
Preteens & Teenagers
At your teenager’s cleaning appointments we will put a lot of emphasis on oral hygiene. We try to motivate teens to focus on plaque removal and flossing. We’ll also have a discussion about food and drinks that are harmful to the teeth, such as soda pop, candy, and other acidic or sugary drinks/foods. A fluoride application is also done at these visits.
Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants.
When should my child go see a dentist?
Your child should visit a dentist when their first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Does my insurance company cover sealants?
Some health insurance programs pay for sealants for patients under age 15. Check with your insurance company for details.
My child has cavities on their baby teeth - is it worth it get them filled if they’ll just fallout in a few years?
Baby teeth save space for permanent teeth. It is important to keep baby teeth healthy so they don’t fall out early.
When should I worry about a sucking habit?
You should tell the dentist about any persistent a sucking habits. Intervention may be recommended for children beyond three years of age due to potential long term problems.