Why Choose A Family Dentist?
Today’s patients and families have many choices when it comes to oral health care. Westborough Dental Associates offers dental services that cater to different ages, specific treatments, and specialized needs. We are a family dental practice, welcoming patients in all stages of oral development. Our team provides comprehensive oral care for all of your dental health needs. This includes preventative dental care, personalized smile makeovers, and restorative dental treatments. We are a judgement-free, all-inclusive dental practice. We are your top partner in your journey to excellent dental health.
Family dentistry can make dental care convenient for today’s busy families. We offer a one-stop location for a wide range of dental health needs. Young patients can benefit in several ways when visiting the dentist as a family. Receiving dental care alongside their parent or caregiver can reduce dental anxiety, and their example can lay the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. We aim to prevent issues like dental anxiety and fear of the dentist from developing by educating every patient on good oral habits.
Children’s Dental Services in Westborough
Children’s oral health needs change as they grow. Our dental staff enjoy working with young patients and educating them on how to maintain a healthy smile. We recommend that children begin visiting with us as soon as the first primary teeth have erupted. Early visits can familiarize them with our office atmosphere and enable us to watch for any development-related concerns that can be addressed with early intervention.
Our team will provide age appropriate oral hygiene advice, so that your child can learn how to brush and floss effectively as they grow. Children’s dental care often includes placing dental sealants and creating custom sports mouthguards for your young athletes.
Dental Sealants: Teeth sealants are made of resin material that is placed on the back teeth, or molars, as they develop. This material is safe and effective to use. Dental sealants have been used for over 40 years to seal out tooth decay in children. They do not typically fall off and can last for 10 years with proper oral care. They do not replace tooth fillings, because they are a preventative measure.
Custom-fit sports mouthguard: If you have a young (or old) athlete in the family and they participate in contact sports, they likely wear a mouthguard. Did you know that not all mouthguards are created equal? Store-bought ones lack the superior support and comfort that a custom mouthguard offers. Your dentist is your best resource when it comes to protecting your teeth from trauma.
We also offer fillings, tooth bonding, dental crowns and clear braces to address dental problems along the way. As a family dentist, we enjoy the opportunity to nurture your child’s oral health and continue to meet their needs as they become independent. The consistency and continuity of dental care that a family dentist offers is unmatched. Your child should grow with the same dentist for the most personal dental care, and build a lasting patient-dentist relationship.
Give us a call at (508) 342-1519, or request an appointment online today.
Family Dentistry FAQ
Why do I need to bring my child in at such a young age?
Starting routine dental visits as soon as your child’s teeth begin to erupt is very important for long term oral health. First, it will allow our dentists to catch any issues early and intervene when necessary. This can save your child from painful and costly dental work in the future. Second, it will allow your child to become acclimated with a dentist office setting, eliminating the fear and anxiety often seen in children when they visit a dentist office. And last, tooth decay is very prevalent among children. Keeping up with their teeth cleanings will help combat this common childhood disease.
How do I care for my children’s teeth in between visits?
You should brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You only need a tiny amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. When your child learns to spit out the toothpaste, you can slowly work up to using more. You should also floss your child’s teeth at least once a day. Seeing as cavities are rampant among children, we highly recommend avoiding gum and other surgery treats such as candy and soda.
When should I have sealants placed on my child’s teeth?
Sealants should be placed between the ages of 5 and 14 per the American Dental Association (the ADA). When the first set of permanent molars come in which can be between ages 5 and 7 and then again when the second set of permanent molars come in, between the ages of 11 and 14.