Posts for tag: pediatric dentistry

By Kevin M Brown, DMD, PC
March 11, 2019
Category: Oral Health

If there's anything that makes Alfonso Ribeiro happier than his long-running gig as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, it's the time he gets to spend with his family: his wife Angela, their two young sons, and Alfonso's teenaged daughter. As the proud dad told Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "The best part of being a father is the smiles and the warmth you get from your children."

Because Alfonso and Angela want to make sure those little smiles stay healthy, they are careful to keep on top of their kids' oral health at home—and with regular checkups at the dental office. If you, too, want to help your children get on the road to good oral health, here are five tips:

  • Start off Right—Even before teeth emerge, gently wipe baby's gums with a clean, moist washcloth. When the first teeth appear, brush them with a tiny dab of fluoride on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Schedule an age-one dental visit for a complete evaluation, and to help your child get accustomed to the dental office.
  • Teach Them Well—When they're first learning how to take care of their teeth, most kids need a lot of help. Be patient as you demonstrate the proper way to brush and floss…over and over again. When they're ready, let them try it themselves—but keep an eye on their progress, and offer help when it's needed.
  • Watch What They Eat & Drink—Consuming foods high in sugar or starch may give kids momentary satisfaction…but these substances also feed the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. The same goes for sodas, juices and acidic drinks—the major sources of sugar in many children's diets. If you allow sugary snacks, limit them to around mealtimes—that gives the mouth a chance to recover its natural balance.
  • Keep Up the Good Work—That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, every single day. If motivation is an issue, encourage your kids by letting them pick out a special brush, toothpaste or floss. You can also give stickers, or use a chart to show progress and provide a reward after a certain period of time. And don't forget to give them a good example to follow!
  • Get Regular Dental Checkups—This applies to both kids and adults, but it's especially important during the years when they are rapidly growing! Timely treatment with sealants, topical fluoride applications or fillings can often help keep a small problem from turning into a major headache.

Bringing your kids to the dental office early—and regularly—is the best way to set them up for a lifetime of good checkups…even if they're a little nervous at first. Speaking of his youngest child, Alfonso Ribeiro said "I think the first time he was really frightened, but then the dentist made him feel better—and so since then, going back, it's actually a nice experience." Our goal is to provide this experience for every patient.

If you have questions about your child's dental hygiene routine, call the office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

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

By Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates
January 29, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Make your child’s smile a priority and they will have a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

When you have children, everything in your life begins to change. You now have something in your world that’s completely dependent on you. You focus on making sure they are safe, have a healthy diet, and are growing and developing properly. While it might seem odd to pediatric dentistrythink about, it’s never too soon to consider your child’s dental health. In fact, the sooner your child starts seeing the pediatric dentists of Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates in Ayer, MA, the better.

Why are these dental visits important?

These early checkups are vital for preventing dental problems like tooth decay and cavities. Children with healthy teeth are able to speak, smile, and eat with confidence. It might seem hard to believe, but children can develop cavities just from falling asleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Your child’s Ayer dentist will be able to pinpoint any potential problem and treat it before it becomes worse. Plus, we will also show you how to properly brush their teeth until they are able to do it themselves.

When should my child start seeing a dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that children start visiting their dentist regularly either by the time they are 1 years old or when their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first.

What will the first appointment entail?

The first visit is short but crucial, as we want to establish good rapport with your child. Plus, the sooner your child starts to see the dentist regularly, the more natural it will feel. We will get to know your child a bit to make them feel comfortable. Then we will go ahead and examine their teeth and gums to make sure everything is developing properly and looks healthy. We will also examine your child’s bite and check the gums and tissue. If necessary, we may clean your child’s teeth, as well.

What can I do to protect my child’s teeth?

Your Ayer pediatric dentist has a ton of advice on how to best protect your child’s smile when not at the dentist’s office:

  • When your child turns 1 year old, opt for a cup instead of a bottle.
  • When your child’s first teeth begin to appear, it’s time to start brushing them.
  • Avoid sugary foods.
  • Make sure your child uses fluoride toothpastes or treatments to keep teeth strong and healthy.
  • After feeding, gently wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a cloth.
  • Do not allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle.

Following these tips will ensure that your child develops a smile that’s cavity-free. If it’s time to set up your child’s first appointment, call the dentists of Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates in Ayer, MA today. We can give your little one the dental care they deserve.