By Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates
November 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When should my child start seeing the dentist? If you live in Ayer, MA, it’s a question you might consider asking Kevin M. Brown, DMD & pediatric dentistryAssociates. Chances are, they will tell you it’s never too early to start.

Dental hygiene and oral health are very important aspects of anyone’s overall health. Just as you might start seeing a pediatrician very early in your child’s life, you can also consider regular visits to your Ayer dentist as early as you can. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends you take your child to see a pediatric dentist as soon as your child’s first tooth comes in – usually around six months of age -- or no later than your child’s first birthday.

The fact is, the earlier you attend to your child’s oral health the better off your child will be. Although your child will eventually lose their baby teeth to make way for the adult teeth, the baby teeth are just as important to your child’s health and development. Properly aligned and healthy baby teeth not only help your child learn to speak clearly and chew food properly, the baby teeth will ultimately establish the path into which the adult teeth will come.

Getting your child started as early as possible on oral hygiene – brushing, flossing, rinsing – is also establish and reinforce those habits, you help your child develop good health practices that will last him or her a lifetime. You can brush a baby’s tooth or teeth with a soft bristle brush and a very tiny drop of toothpaste. As your child gets older, you can teach them how to properly brush their teeth under your supervision.

One procedure your Ayer dentist may recommend is dental sealants, which is a painless application that covers your child’s teeth and fills and blocks tiny crevices where plaque can build up and form cavities. A sealant treatment can last many years, does not hurt at all and can provide effective protection against cavities and tooth decay.

Parents should understand that there is a difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist. Like pediatricians, pediatric dentists have specialized in the field of children’s oral health and dentistry. In fact, a pediatric dentist has probably spent three or more years specializing and training – after completing dental school -- in the field.

If you are seeking the services of a qualified dentist or pediatric dentist in Ayer, MA, consider contacting Kevin M. Brown DMD & Associates. For more information call (978) 772-3747