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A child’s first experience at the dentist can have a significant impact in their long term outlook toward oral care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first be seen by a dentist with the eruption of their first teeth.

Pediatric Dentists receive at least two additional years of training beyond dental school to make them uniquely trained to care for a child’s developing teeth. The staff and environment of a pediatric dental office is focused solely on the unique needs of children and their oral care.

The first dental appointment is generally a brief appointment where the dentist will check for tooth decay and examine the child’s bite and look for any potential problems with developing teeth, gums, jaw and oral tissues. A hygienist will clean teeth and apply fluoride if indicated. During this visit the hygienist and/or dentist will also talk about oral hygiene at home and discuss proper nutrition and any foods that may contribute to tooth decay, such as going to sleep with a bottle of milk.

The Pediatric Dentists, hygienists and front desk staff at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph have a long standing reputation of excellence and are committed to making your child’s first visit and everyone there after a positive experience. They believe that starting dental care with the eruption of the first baby teeth is so vital that they offer free exams for all children under the age of two. Additionally they are happy to answer any questions in advance of your appointment and welcome you to bring your child in to get comfortable in the office prior to their first appointment.

In our office we see far too many children with damage to teeth that could have been prevented by wearing a mouthguard. Our mission in caring for your children’s dental health goes beyond reminding them to brush and floss regularly.

Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention. Yet, most parents will admit that their children do not wear a mouthguard during organized sports. If mouthguards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive way to help dramatically decrease the risk of oral injuries, why aren’t more kids wearing them?

Many children do not wear mouthguards while playing sports because they are not required to wear them, even though other equally protective materials, such as helmets and shoulder pads are mandated. At a time when a good football or batting helmet may cost $200, mouthguards can be one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available. Not only do mouthguards save teeth, they help protect jaws and can also prevent traumatic injuries such as concussions.

The most effective mouthguard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. A mouthguard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict speech or breathing. It should cover the teeth and, depending on the patient’s bite, also the gums.

We believe if you start your child out wearing a mouthguard while they are young it will be a natural routine to always reach for a mouthguard when suiting up for play. At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, Dr. Mannella, Dr. Marybeth and Dr. Russo are happy to recommend the best option of dental protection for your child. By discussing the various types of mouthguards available, from those custom-made in our office, to ready-to-wear ones available at any sporting goods store, you can make an informed decision on how to best protect your child.

It is important to remember damaged teeth do not grow back. Our motto at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph is “We make smiles happen”. Protect that perfect smile – always insist that your child wear a mouthguard.

Call our office at 973-989-7970 for an appointment to discuss the use of mouthguards or any concerns you have about your children’s dental and oral health.

At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph we have always been at the forefront of providing the most up-to-date care for our patients in a calm, caring environment. With this in mind we have always been a proponent of sealants for all our patients.

What are Sealants and do my children benefit from them?

Sealants today are considered an important part of preventive dental care. They are beneficial in preventing dental caries on premolars and molar teeth on children and adults. A dental sealant is a protective barrier placed in the pits and fissures of teeth by sealing out food and bacteria which result in cavities. Sealants can reduce the incidence of cavities 86% the first year and up to 58% after 4 years.

Does Insurance cover sealants?

Most insurance companies cover sealants at 100% on permanent teeth up to age 14 under preventive care. Always check with your insurance company for the specifics of your individual plan. It is important to note that even if sealants aren’t completely covered with your insurance, it is still a worthwhile expense as the cost of sealants are still significantly less than the cost of dental fillings—and a much more pleasurable experience.

Common health concerns?

The utility of composite resin materials used in fillings and in sealants is well established, while any health risks from their use are not. The exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in dental sealants is considered less of a risk than the risk of dental caries. Dental caries are the most common chronic disease of children 6 to 19 years of age—4 times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Untreated cavities can cause pain, dysfunction, absence from school, poor appearance and can lead to the spread of infection—problems that greatly affect a child’s quality of life.

Do sealants hurt , who applies dental sealants and is it a long procedure?

Dental sealants do not hurt and does not impair or prevent children from eating after the procedure. Most appointments for sealant placement are under 20 minutes. In our office, a licensed dental associate will apply dental sealants. We also guarantee our sealants for 2 years from the initial placement.

If you have any further questions regarding dental sealants, please ask one of our fantastic office staff members and they will be happy to help you.

We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics, recommendations which state that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur when the first baby teeth appear or by their first birthday. Our goal is to establish a Dental Home for your child, an ongoing relationship between our pediatric dentist and your child, allowing care to be delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way.

During this visit, our dentist and hygienist will discuss teeth eruption patterns, oral hygiene, fluoride recommendations, nutrition and diet, any habit (pacifier, thumb sucking, etc.), dental sealants and interceptive orthodontics. We will also plan a re-care schedule to fit your child’s needs. Children will receive a thorough examination, digital images (x-rays) if needed, cleaning and a fluoride treatment. The first visit is a great time for you and your child to explore our office. We encourage parents to accompany their children back for the initial visit. Our staff will review the health history form and discuss proper tooth brushing technique, diet, and other age-appropriate information.

Our staff is trained to make your child’s first visit a positive experience. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and different, and crying is a normal reaction to fear of the unknown. Some children may be fearful, but once a child becomes familiar with our friendly staff and the new surroundings, the fear disappears. To prepare your child for the visit, be positive in your approach and allow us explain to your child what will happen during the appointment.

Before the visit, we encourage you to talk with your child about his or her visit in an age-appropriate, positive manner. Parental attitudes toward the dentist play a significant role in how children view the dentist. Children are skillful at reading mom and dad, if you are anxious there is a good chance they will pick up on it. Please do your best to remain calm and upbeat about your child’s visit. Explain that we will count their teeth and maybe take some pictures. Please avoid using words that may suggest unpleasantness. All procedures will be explained in a manner in which kids can understand. We treat all children as if they were our own.

Children’s books, such as The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist and Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) are a great way to prepare your child for their visit.

For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the link below to print the New Patient Forms, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.

For nearly 20 years it has been the mission of Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph to help get young children started on the right path to a lifetime of good dental health. Our finely-tuned Early Childhood Dental Education Program engages thousands of preschoolers in Morris County every year. Fatemah Bageri, one of the magnificent hygienists at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, has been teaching this program to pre-school aged children for the past 18 years. Her highly sought after, fun and engaging presentation includes more than just the importance of dental health, it also teaches the right way to brush and floss and how proper nutrition is a vital component to taking care of teeth.

The reception Fatemah receives from the children is wonderful and she is thrilled to be invited back year after year to educate young children about the importance of oral health. As a result of Fatemah’s work, nearly every preschooler in Morris County now knows that keeping bright shiny healthy teeth and gums is very important

Our early education program is a vital component to starting children on the path to a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph is proud of our long standing commitment to touching the lives of as many pre-school aged children with this proven dental education program. To extend this commitment, we also provide free exams in our office to children under the age of two, helping to make this process easy for both children and parents alike. Our goal is that this early form of patient education coupled with the warm friendly enjoyable atmosphere of our office will give these kids a lifetime of something to smile about.

Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. Brush your child’s teeth in the morning and before bed time.

For children under the age of 3 use a child-size toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste with an amount no larger than the size of a grain of rice. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to supervise their brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.

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