East End Dental Wellness

Pediatric Dentistry

Dentist educating little boy about brushing teeth demonstrating on dental jaw model in clinic

Serving families in the communities of Easton, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

You should bring your child to the dentist before their first birthday. At East End Dental Wellness, we believe that children who get proper dental care and learn the right dental hygiene habits will avoid a lifetime of oral health problems. We are sensitive to every child’s individual needs as well as their fears. Dr. Kim and the rest of the team are experienced in treating children of all ages and we take special measures to make your child feel comfortable.

Teething

Your child’s first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. 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. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth. Permanent teeth will start coming in at age 6.

Starting Them Off Strong

As soon as your child’s teeth start coming in, you should be paying close attention to them. Examine them every two weeks and keep an eye out for lines or discoloration, which may indicate the start of tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks can easily attack new teeth, so it’s important that your child brushes after eating.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and limit the amount of toothpaste you use to the size of your child’s fingernail. Children under 2 should not use fluoride toothpaste unless recommended by a doctor or dentist.

How To Prevent Cavities In Your Children’s Teeth

Children are at high risk for cavities simply because they don’t tend to practice good oral hygiene habits. Getting your child into good habits will be the best thing you can do for their long-term oral health. Regular check ups at our office will also be necessary to keep their teeth strong and healthy. We may recommend sealants to protect your child from getting cavities in the hard-to-clean spots between teeth.
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