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.
If there is one thing at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph that we know well, it’s kids. On a daily basis in our office we deal with kids approaching situations that are difficult for them, such as their first dental visit or having a cavity filled. The approach we always take is to follow the child’s lead and answer honestly any questions they may have.
With the current upheaval in our daily lives due to the pandemic of the Corona Virus, our children are aware that their lives are suddenly very different. Their daily routines with school and daycare, play dates and parent’s work schedules have completely been upended. They sense increased stress from the adults in their lives.
The best way to help your child process what’s going on around them is to answer their questions as best as you can. Listen to your child, assess what knowledge they have gathered about the virus so you can have a sense of how concerned they might be. If your child is very young and hasn’t heard about it yet and just doesn’t understand why mommy and daddy are not at work and why they aren’t at school, that is a very different conversation than if they have heard about people getting very sick.
When you speak to your child make sure you are calm to avoid creating any additional anxiety. Your behavior will tell them how concerned they need to be as much as your words will. Don’t dismiss your child’s fears, do your best to allay them by letting them know that there are many people besides their parents working to keep them safe, like doctors and nurses and scientists working to find a cure. For older children you might want to explain why this virus is so different than any they may have had before.
The important thing to stress with all children is that it is essential, now more than ever, to practice good hygiene. That good hygiene will help to keep them healthy. Demonstrate for your child how to wash their hands for 20 seconds while singing the Happy Birthday song. Advise them to wash their hands, not only after using the bathroom but also before and after each meal and to cough into their elbow when they need to cough. And while we’re talking about good hygiene habits and washing hands, don’t forget about the importance of brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day as well.
One of the most important things we can do right now for our children is to seize this unique situation of increased time at home with our families as an opportunity to create new family traditions.
At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, we welcome our patients to remain in our care as long as they are comfortable. Unless a patient needs extensive treatment with their permanent teeth, we will never suggest a patient leave our practice.
In fact, we have many patients that come back from college and beyond for their cleanings as well as special needs patients that are well into their adult years that are comfortable in our office and enjoy their visits. There is nothing that makes us happier than having patients that we are able to care for while watching them grow up.
The benefit of this continuity in care means that our hygienists and Pediatric Dentists can catch emerging problems, recommend orthodontic care or wisdom teeth extraction because we are identifying issues before they become major concerns.
Pediatric Dentists are uniquely trained to treat the specific oral care needs of teens whose faces and jaws are still growing and changing as the last of their permanent teeth come in.
As our patients grow from toddler, to big kid to teenager, we take their lead in the tone of the appointment, recognizing their growth and increased independence and maturity.
Our goal is to make every patient feel comfortable and respected as we provide the exceptional oral care they have come to expect from Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph.
When you choose a practice you do so with the expectation of getting the very best care possible. What makes a practice truly special and stand above its competition is exceptional care and compassion from not only the providers but the front desk staff as well. The very best practices have individuals answering the phones and working their reception desks that back up wonderful medical care with phenomenal customer service and a thorough knowledge base to answer any questions you may have.
At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph our Pediatric Dentists provide extraordinary care with empathy. Our hygienists have extensive experience working with kids of all ages and abilities and are adept at making every child as comfortable as possible.
Our front desk staff backs up our team of providers with a comprehensive knowledge enabling them to answer any insurance questions. They get to know every parent or guardian individually and follow through on any issues or questions until they are resolved. Our front desk staff also works tirelessly to accommodate busy schedules when arranging appointments. As the first people you see when you enter the office and the last you see as you check out, their mission is solely to make things run effortlessly– making every experience at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph a positive one, every single time.
In choosing a dental home for your child there are many factors to consider. The most important consideration is to find a place where your child will be comfortable as it is a well-established fact that early dental experiences will set the tone for a lifetime of optimal oral health.
The most obvious difference between Pediatric and General Dentists is in the required training. Pediatric Dentists undergo an additional two years of specialized training in pediatric care that General Dentists do not. Pediatric Dentists are also proficient in sedation and pediatric dental trauma. Additionally Pediatric Dentists are trained to recognize orthodontic complications in young mouths as they develop.
One of the most recognizable reasons to choose a Pediatric Dental practice for your child is that the office environment is child friendly. Pediatric Dental offices are geared to be welcoming to children in their decor and may have toys or televisions with kids programming.
Recognizing that a Pediatric Dentist is the optimal choice for your child is the first step. In deciding which Pediatric Dental Practice to choose for your child’s dental home, consider a practice that is passionate about making every visit to their office a positive experience from the moment you enter the office until you leave.
Consider a practice that supports the community through family friendly events and educational programs, a practice that offers appointments around your schedule and is on call 24/7 for any emergencies. When you take all these factors into consideration, Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph is the obvious choice.
If you’d like more information about Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, please visit the website: https://pediatric-dental.com/ or call 973-989-7970 to schedule an appointment.
At Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, we are passionate about children’s teeth. Aside from our dedication to caring for kids pearly whites, our other passion is to educate both children and their caregivers on all things impacting optimal oral health.
Often adults don’t truly appreciate the important role baby teeth play in a child’s development. Sure those cute little teeth are adorable in photos or when your child smiles up at you but did you know they also play a vital role in many areas crucial for your child’s optimal long-term health?
One of the obvious first jobs of baby teeth is to allow your little one to begin chewing solid foods. As your child approaches their first birthday these first teeth play an important role in speech development. At the same time as your child is first learning to speak, their adult teeth are forming beneath the gum line, directly below the baby teeth. One of the most important jobs these primary teeth have is to act as placeholders for the adult teeth as they grow and form.
For these reasons, it is vitally important to take optimal care of these first teeth. They should never be thought of as “just baby teeth” instead they should be the instrument for teaching proper oral care that will remain with your child throughout their lifetime. Without baby teeth performing their critical job, proper nutrition, speech, jaw growth and development would not be accomplished.
If you have any questions on the importance of baby teeth or anything regarding your child’s oral care, please feel free to call our office at (973) 989-7970 and speak to one of our pediatric oral care experts.
The selection of toothpaste at the grocery store seems to grow weekly. With a little knowledge about what’s best for your little one, you can successfully navigate this isle and make a toothpaste selection that will make you happy and your child eager to brush.
From the time the first teeth begin to erupt until all permanent teeth come in it is especially important for children to use a toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride in toothpaste helps to prevent cavities by strengthening teeth. Until a child is capable of spitting out toothpaste when brushing, a rice or pea sized amount should be used at this stage. While you may not love the idea of purchasing separate toothpastes for your kids, toothpastes with whiteners should be avoided as they are too abrasive for baby teeth which are softer than adult teeth.
In order to get your child excited about brushing it is a great idea to allow them input in selecting their toothpaste. Many manufacturers make kid-friendly options that taste appealing to children and are also tooth friendly as well. You may shake your head at why a 3 year old prefers bubble gum flavor over mint, but the important issue at this age is to get your child to be compliant at brushing for 2 minutes twice a day. The right ingredients are much more important than the flavor of the toothpaste.
Some great, kid friendly options available in most grocery stores today are:
Toms Of Maine
Toms of Maine makes toothpastes that contain fluoride as well as those that do not contain fluoride. The only Toms of Maine toothpastes that contain fluoride are the Fruitilicious Children’s Gel and Outrageous Orange Mango Children’s Toothpaste
Kids 2 in 1 Strawberry Smash or Watermellon Toothpaste
Toothpaste featuring Disney and Marvel characters in flavors like sparkle fun, bubble gum and minty breeze
If you have questions about your child’s toothpaste, or any issues related to their oral health, please give our office a call. Our trained professionals are always eager to provide the answers you are seeking.
Here at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph, we are committed to making sure that every visit to our office is a positive experience. One of the ways we differentiate our practice from the rest is by doing everything we can to make sure our young patients are relaxed, unafraid and actually have fun when visiting our office. We understand children.
We specialize in treating children and we are experts at interacting with children in a way that is calming and empowering to them. Our office is designed specifically for children, both in our decor and equipment. We also understand the vital importance of dispelling any fears or anxieties of the dentist as early as possible, so it doesn’t continue into adulthood.
It is also important for parents to keep in check any of their own fears of the dentist so as not to influence their children’s ability to form a healthy relationship with a dental office.