New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?”
The short answer is “First visit by first birthday.” That is the view of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and pediatricians agree. ...Continue Reading →
Your toothbrush is the best tool you have to keep your smile looking good and feeling good in the new year. How do you know when it is time to change your toothbrush? Young children are notorious for chewing and biting on their toothbrushes. Should their brushes be changed more often?
The American Dental Association recommends that brushes should be changed when the bristles are visibly frayed or approximately every three to four months. If your child is a toothbrush chewer, ...Continue Reading →
Most children have heard of wisdom teeth. Friends, older siblings and parents will share tales of wisdom teeth and the problems they cause. As a result, children are often unnecessarily nervous about wisdom teeth. How much do you and your children really know about wisdom teeth and how they are evaluated?
The last teeth to erupt into the mouth are the third molars, also known as the wisdom teeth. For most patients, this occurs around 18 years of age (presumably the ...Continue Reading →
Kids love to talk about teeth. Our youngest patients love to talk about how many teeth they have. And our bigger patients love to talk about how many teeth are falling out. Kids love a loose tooth. They love to discuss them. They love to wiggle them. They love to talk about which of their friends have one. And they love to know when their next tooth will fall out because they love to know when the tooth fairy is ...Continue Reading →
Halloween is finally behind us and you can once again find parking in downtown Salem. But now you may be faced with a new problem: too much candy at home. Your children may have gone trick-or-treating multiple times and many homes now feature candy stashed in a wide variety of locations. Many patients this week have been talking about the incredible numbers of goodies they collected and all the creative places they’ve hidden those treats. As those treats are slowly ...Continue Reading →
Halloween is right around the corner. When all the excitement over costumes, candy and fun dies down, don’t forget that your children’s teeth might need a little extra attention. After all, you want their teeth to be looking and feeling as good in November as they were in October.
The American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy website has a great collection of tips for keeping mouths healthy around Halloween and all year long. Those tips are listed below. Continue Reading →
Preparations for the new school year are under way. The perfect new clothes, school supplies and sports equipment are ready. Is your child’s mouth ready for another academic year?
The back-to-school checklist for every child should include the following:
For hundreds of thousands of children across Massachusetts, the end of summer marks the beginning of another school year. This often means a trip to the pediatrician or family doctor for a physical exam. Sadly, however, one part of the body that is still being overlooked is right under our noses—the mouth, which, upon closer examination, reveals that the state of oral health among thousands of Massachusetts children is not making the grade. Dental decay is the single most prevalent ...Continue Reading →
As the calendar turns from July to August, summer activities are at their peak. No matter what type of summer adventure you’re having, be prepared in case of a dental emergency. Review this short article from the Massachusetts Dental Society that includes important summer safety tips for children’s teeth.
The specific nutritional choices you and your children make are crucial. Good nutrition is essential to good health and both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourage parents to think of their nutritional decisions as health decisions.
Here are some great resources for information about nutrition for children:
General information about making smart food choices with a focus on dental health. This site includes information for all ages, from pregnancy and infancy through the ...Continue Reading →