At Hallmark Dental of Salem, MA, we offer quality pediatric dental care to assist your child in maintaining excellent oral health. Our office offers a variety of basic dental services for your child in order to help them develop healthy hygiene habits and maintain a beautiful smile.
Your Child’s First Visit
The first step in establishing a good relationship for your child at the dentist’s office is to make your child’s first visit an enjoyable experience. Our staff makes every effort to eliminate fears about the dentist’s office. We will invest the extra time and effort to ensure that your child feels at ease from the moment that they walk into our office. For your convenience, our staff has put together a kit of activities that will teach your children good dental habits and help them anticipate each dental visit.
Good Hygiene Habits For Children
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that each child visit a dentist by the time they are a year old. It is crucial that your child is taught dental hygiene habits in their earliest years because it will set them up for good oral health in the future.
As new baby teeth are erupting, it would be wise for parents to carefully inspect their child’s teeth every couple of weeks, looking for any discoloration caused by tooth decay. In addition, it is recommended that children have their teeth brushed four times per day. If your child is younger than two years old, they do not need to use fluoride toothpaste unless your dentist has specifically advised it. Our office encourages parents to practice proper tooth brushing with their children in order to build excellent dental habits.
Preventing Tooth Decay
It is certainly possible to prevent tooth decay with regular brushing and flossing. However, children are often at an increased risk of tooth decay due to their lack of knowledge and diligence in proper oral hygiene habits. You can help your child protect their oral health by keeping them on a low-sugar diet. We also recommend that your child visits us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During these visits, we also recommend fluoride treatments and sealant treatments. Sealants will protect hard-to-reach areas from tooth decay.
If you live in the Salem, MA area and are looking for a dentist for your child, look no further! For more information on how we can help protect your child’s teeth, contact our office today!