We enjoy working with all of our young patients and understand that they have unique requirements when visiting the dentist. We try not to push kids so that they end up afraid of the dentist’s office. We wish for their visit to to be as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, as well as for them to establish life-long relationships with our dentist’s office.
At our office in Danvers, we really encourage parents of small children to bring them along to the parent’s scheduled dental visit so the boy or girl can easily see what goes on during the appointment, and become familiar with our staff and office.
We also recommend that your little one’s very first visit be during twenty four months and three years of age. At this age we can easily begin to keep track of the growth and development of their teeth.
When New Teeth Arrive:
Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.
“Happy Smiles” Pre-School Visit
Prevent any fears of the dentist by bringing your child in for their own special appointment. Your child will laugh with Cornwell and our team. We get a lot of satisfaction out of introducing your child to the basic sights and sounds of a checkup appointment. Our children’s hygienist has great rapport with children; and through her charisma and humor, she will show them that going to the dentist can be fun!
Bring Your Pre-Schooler In for a Visit About Braces
The majority of young parents today didn’t have braces when they were teenagers. Truth is, a lot of them only had orthodontic treatment if their teeth were severely crooked and misaligned. Some parents couldn’t afford braces. But, most of the time it was because parents didn’t recognize that a child’s teeth were bad, and their dentist didn’t bring it up unless the parents asked about braces.
When today’s parents were young, if there wasn’t enough space for all your teeth, the dentist made space by pulling permanent teeth. Of course, upon reflection, we realize that doing so was short-sighted and harmful to the balance of the bite.
Just within the last ten to fifteen years did we find out about the debilitating long-term health effects of misaligned teeth. Orthodontic dentistry isn’t just for making a teenager’s teeth look straight and pretty anymore. There is much more than that to worry about. Misalignment and malocclusion can bring on chronic headaches and full-blown migraines. A misaligned bite can cause ringing in the ears and vertigo (dizziness). Completely healthy teeth can start to chip and wear away, producing a ragged-edged smile.
Worst of all, malocclusion usually isn’t something a parent can just “see”. It lurks in the background continuously exerting strain and pressure on the jaw joint, the teeth and the chewing muscles.
There are some real benefits in starting orthodontic treatment when children are much younger. The children usually don’t have to wear braces for a long period of time during those awkward teenage years. It is also much easier to expand the palate and allow room for all of the adult teeth to have the proper growing space. In most of those cases, young children will not get braces, however they will have their palates expanded by an appliance. This will make their arches wider. It allows space in the mouth for all of the child’s adult teeth to properly grow.
Our dental practice has developed relationships with some excellent orthodontists in the area and we can refer you and your child to an orthodontist if an exam reveals crowded or crooked teeth, or issues with the palate. We can help you choose the best orthodontist that meets the needs and temperament of your child.
Didn’t Fluoride Eradicate Cavities in the 60’s?
Scientists in the 1960’s found that fluoride helped build a stronger defense against the teeth’s enemies like bacteria and acids and sweets. And, yes, when fluoride was added to a city’s drinking water, the incidence of cavities dropped sharply. It was even predicted at one time that there would come a time when we wouldn’t need dentists anymore.
However, even the scientists of the 60’s couldn’t predict the development of Mountain Dew, Power Aid Energy Drinks and Gummy Worms. There is no way they could have foreseen that the average teenager would now eat their own weight in refined sugar every year. And, finally, even those scientists with a dark pessimistic vision of the 21st century, couldn’t imagine the power that high-fructose corn syrup would wield against fluoride, regular toothpaste and even daily flossing.
Tips For Your Family’s Oral Health:
• Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
• Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
• Watch what your child drinks.
• Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
• Make treats part of meals.
• Choose nutritious snacks.
Ideal oral hygiene at home is really important and needs to start at a very early age. We take the time to advise parents and kids on proper brushing and flossing methods to allow them to enjoy good oral health for life.