Our Covid Protocol

We have continued to reduce our daily appointments to adhere to proper CDC and ADA disinfecting measures and safety protocols. Your child’s dental appointment is a booked reservation. A lot of effort and expense goes into preparing each exam room for your child’s arrival and personalized care. Please respect our time and the costly measures we have put into practice to keep everyone safe. If your child or another family member is not feeling well, or something unexpected has arisen please try to let us know at least 1 business day prior so we can help you to rebook. We’re certain another family would be grateful for an opportunity to visit us. So we may prevent wasting valuable PPE our $30 no show/ late cancel fee is being enforced.

Here’s what you should do:
Healthcare facilities are still required to adhere to CDC guidelines and Infection control protocols. 
Since many children in and out of our office are too young to get the COVID vaccine, it’s important that we do everything we can to honor their safety. 

  • The mask mandate is still in effect when visiting a healthcare provider. 
  • All adults AND all children ages 4 and above must wear a mask at all times in our office. 
  • If you don’t have a mask we will provide you with one, just ask for one at the front door before entering
  • Everyone must wash their hands before being seated. 
  • We allow 1 parent/guardian to accompany their child into our treatment areas. 
  • We’re still fogging (disinfecting) our office.


We appreciate your trust and understanding. Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation. 
Kind regards,Dr. Anderson and the Sprout Kids Dentistry Team

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Family Dentist vs. Pediatric Dentist: Which One Is Best for Your Child?

Social distancing at home during coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice high quality care for you or your child. Many families are finding a lot of the dental services they used to travel to Sprout Kids Dentistry for are now available online from the comfort of your home using our new Telehealth service. This allows parents to provide their child with a soft introduction to their new dentist. Parents can feel relaxed while being educated on the importance of pediatric oral care. They can receive nutritional counseling for their little one, strategies to improve toothbrushing techniques, or simply fact find. Telehealth visits are perfect for new dental symptoms that may need treatment. Remote access to a dentist is also great for baby dental visit during COVID-19. It’s as simple as using a smart phone or a computer screen to tap into our pediatric dental expertise.

When you choose a dentist for your kids, you want to choose one who you can trust. A parent’s relief is in knowing that their child is comfortable with his or her doctor. Handling children in pain is a difficult task. Therefore, making sure that your child is in the hands of the right dentist is very important.

Two dentists can tend to your child’s dental care: a family dentist and a pediatric dentist. But which of the two dentists is the best choice? To make the best decision, you need to understand some of the differences.

Difference between family dentists and pediatric dentists.

A family dentist provides regular dental care services like a general dentist. The main difference between the two is that a family dentist provides dental care services to people of all ages. In contrast, general dentists commonly attend to adults. Some family dentists have special skills, but most of them provide general services like treating tooth decays, preventing the build-up of plaques, and maintaining healthy gums.

A pediatric dentist is someone who attends mainly to children. Pediatric dentists need to go through three more years of training after graduating from dental school. During the three years, the pediatric dentist learns how to handle dental care needs specific to children. They also learn how to handle kids with special needs.

Which is the best dentist for your kids?

The best dentist to attend to your kids’ dental care needs is a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist has more experience to deal with children compared to a family dentist. The additional training of pediatric dentists enables them to specialize in treating children with different needs. A child dentistry environment is also more fun for your kids. Pediatric dentists use small dental tools that will not frightened your little ones. They also have adequate knowledge of the preventive measures that will protect the teeth and gums of your kids from infections and any other dental problems.

Family dentists have few advantages that can make a parent consider choosing them as their kids’ dentist. You will generally feel more comfortable with the dentist if you have had a first-hand experience with them. Family dentists can tend to both you and your kids under the same roof. Despite the lack of experience with kids, family dentists are comfortable handling kids because their services are meant for all ages. Furthermore, their work experience gives them a range of multiple specialties that pediatric dentists might lack.

If the information above is insufficient in helping you reach a final decision about the best dentist for your kids, you may want to visit the offices of both a pediatric and family dentist. During the visit, you can ask any unanswered questions that will help you make a choice. At Sprout Kids Dentistry, a pediatric dentistry in Boston, our doctors can help you in making such a decision. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson that will help you clarify any information you have about the best dentist for your kids.

We’re always here to help. We want to give you peace of mind during these challenging times.

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The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry for Special Needs Children

As a child grows, there is an important need for proper dental care. When it comes to special needs children, there are common problems that require even more attention. While some special needs kids find it very stressful to go to the dentist’s office, it’s important that you make this part of your yearly healthcare routine.

Oral Health Challenges for Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs often have sensitivity in various areas of their mouth. As your child grows, there are changes within the mouth that can cause problems with eating, speaking, etc. Having a trusted pediatric dentist who understands these challenges is very important. If your child has difficulty opening their mouth, holding their mouth open, or getting over their anxieties, there are ways to promote a good oral health routine. You still need to make sure that your child is avoiding bad habits that could lead to dental disease. A knowledgeable dentist can talk to you about a diet that reduces refined sugar as a way to prevent cavities.

Helping Special Needs Children Acclimate to the Dentist

There are both children and adults that have anxiety about going to the dentist. Even a regular checkup can bring on some unpleasant emotions. Working with a pediatric dentist that your child feels comfortable with can help establish the routine that your family needs. There are some ways that you can make a trip to the dentist more enjoyable for your special needs child. The first appointment can sometimes be used for nothing more than acclimating your child to the office. Getting them used to the location and what goes on is helpful. It’s nice when your child walks into an office like ours, where there are books, toys, and plenty of welcoming staff members. When you’re confident that your child is ready, making an appointment to have your child’s teeth looked at would be the next step.

Sedation Dentistry is an Option

There are special needs children that just can’t get over their fear of the dentist. There’s nothing wrong with this. There are adults that are the same way. Sleep dentistry is a very safe option for getting your child the dental care that they need. The sedation is done very safely in a hospital setting with coordinated help from your pediatrician and hospital staff. Children with high levels of anxiety or sensory issues will benefit greatly from this option. It’s easy to simply skip a visit that brings on anxiety, but there are many health conditions that can be spotted by a dental professional that specializes in kids dentistry. In many cases, a dentist can notice a health issue before a primary physician would be able to.

Schedule a consultation

If your special needs child is in need of a Pediatric Dentistry in Boston appointment, give Sprout Kids Dentistry a call 617-328-1700. We have a very helpful and welcoming staff that can make any dental appointment a breeze for your special needs child. We can’t wait to see you!

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How Do Sealants for Children Work?

How Do Sealants for Children Work?

While brushing and flossing are the most effective ways to prevent cavities, it can be particularly difficult for small children to clean their teeth thoroughly by reaching all the areas where bacteria can accumulate. For this reason, many dentists recommend sealants, which can reduce tooth decay in children. Sealants have also been in use since the 1960s, meaning they have a safe an effective track record. Here’s what to know about this option if you are considering this for your children’s dental health.

How Do Sealants Work?

A dental sealant is a coating made from a special type of BPA-free resin or similar material that sticks to the molars’ chewing surfaces. It essentially acts as a raincoat for the teeth and can protect the underlying enamel.

Bacteria and food particles form acids that create cavities or holes in teeth. Just as a raincoat keeps you from getting wet during a storm, the sealant keeps bacteria and acid from settling on the surface of your teeth. This means that bacteria can’t eat away at the enamel and cause decay over time.

Who Can Get Sealants?

While virtually anybody can benefit from sealants, however they are especially beneficial for children as they don’t develop the necessary coordination and habits to brush their teeth effectively until around six to nine years of age.

A child’s first molars typically grow in when they are around six years old, while their second molars emerge when they are about twelve. Applying sealants to these teeth as soon as they emerge can protect them from the start and thus prevent decay and the need for expensive fillings. Sealants can also prevent premature tooth loss, which in turn reduces the risk of bite problems.

How Are Sealants Applied?

Getting sealants is quick and painless. Your child’s dentist will start by thoroughly cleaning and drying the teeth. They will then apply an acidic gel that will make the surface of the teeth rougher so the sealant will stick to them more readily. After rinsing off the gel, your child’s dentist will dry the teeth and paint the sealant on them. Finally, your child’s dentist will shine a special blue light on your child’s teeth to make the sealant harden more quickly. The whole process takes under an hour, and the exact time will depend on the number of teeth being treated.

Can Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?

No. A sealant is placed on a cavity-free tooth and used to lower the risk of that tooth developing a cavity.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, sealants can last for up to a decade. It’s still a good idea to take your child to their dentist regularly, though, so they can look for chips or worn spots in the sealant. If necessary, your child’s dentist can apply more sealant coating to repair the sealant.

Schedule an Appointment

Sealants are an excellent way to set your child up for a lifetime of dental health. To meet with our pediatric dentistry team, we invite you to contact Sprout Kids Dentistry by calling our Quincy office or filling out our online form.

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All of your Pediatric Dentist FAQ’s Answered!

Starting a dental routine for your child at an early age is essential in creating life-long healthy habits. To help you get started, here are the answers to FAQs concerning children’s dental health and the role of pediatric dentists.

Why should we choose a pediatric dentist?

Dentists who specialize in kids dentistry only treat children and are equipped to treat their specific needs. Children require different treatment than adults.

At what age should my child have their first dental checkup?

When your child gets their first tooth, or by the time they turn one year old, they should be seen by a dentist. The dentist can teach you how to care for their teeth right from the start.

How frequently should we visit the dentist?

Most dentists suggest coming in every six months. This allows them to check for cavities and overall dental health.

How can we prevent tooth decay?

Regular dental check-ups, brushing and flossing, and healthy diet choices can help prevent tooth decay. Minimize the intake of sugary drinks and foods and ensure they are getting enough vitamins and calcium. It’s helpful if your water supply has fluoride, which helps strengthen teeth.

Can my child start using toothpaste?

Children can start using toothpaste containing fluoride at age one. Start with a rice-grain amount, and brush their teeth and gums for them. Children under age one can have their teeth cleaned with a fluoride-free training toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

What kind of toothbrush should we use?

Children’s toothbrushes should have a small head and soft bristles. Most packages recommended ages to help you choose. It’s fun to pick a toothbrush with your child’s favorite character on it. This helps make brushing more exciting.

When should we start flossing?

Begin flossing your child’s teeth around age four or as soon as neighboring teeth are touching. Many kids can do it themselves at age eight using floss picks, but it should still be supervised.

How can I alleviate my child’s toothache?

Have your child rinse with warm saltwater. If there is visible facial swelling, use a cold compress. Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help treat the pain. Make a dental appointment as quickly as possible to examine the affected area.

When should we stop pacifier use and thumb sucking?

It is recommended to start halting pacifier use at six months old. Prolonged use is linked to a higher rate of ear infections. It is recommended to start halting a thumb sucking habit no later than age 3 to prevent long term effects to the adult teeth.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are used to prevent food from causing decay in the crevasses of your child’s teeth. The application is quick and can protect your child’s teeth for many years.

Are x-rays safe for children?

Dental x-rays use only a small amount of radiation, and pediatric dental staff use extra precautions for the child’s safety.

Schedule a consultation

If you’re looking for pediatric dentistry in Boston, give Dr. Anderson of Sprout Kids Dentistry a call at 617-934-6339! Get your child started on the right path toward life-long dental health.

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Is having a tooth extracted very painful?

Is Having a Tooth Extracted Very Painful?

Taking care of your dental health is of utmost importance. Not taking care of your child’s teeth can lead to tooth decay, loss of teeth, and tooth infections. These infections can lead to problems with their overall health. If they need to have a tooth removed, there is no need to worry. This
procedure is common and will help to ensure that their dental health is where it should be. Sprout Kids Dentistry is experienced in tooth extractions. We’re here to answer all of your questions or concerns.

Why Are Teeth Removed?

There are many reasons why a tooth may be removed. Infections, severe damage, and overcrowding can be a factor in tooth removal. Removing the tooth in the case of severe damage or infections can help to ensure that there are no further issues. In the case of overcrowding, removal of the tooth can allow for the proper spacing of teeth.

How Much Does A Tooth Extraction Cost?

The cost of a tooth extraction will vary depending on whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. The staff at Sprout Kids Dentistry will provide a price point and explain possible payment options.

How To Prepare For A Tooth Extraction

A dental x-ray will first be done to determine what teeth need to be removed. After this x-ray, Dr. Anderson will create a treatment plan. She will ask questions about previous medical issues, medications, and anything else of concern. As a parent or guardian, you will want to tell Dr. Anderson if there are any issues or family history of heart disease, cancer, bleeding disorders, liver disease, impaired immune system, or diabetes. To prepare for your child’s appointment, you will want to make sure that you follow all the instructions that are laid out by Dr. Anderson and her staff.

What Is The Procedure For A Tooth Extraction?

This will depend on what type of extraction Dr. Anderson will be performing. If it is a simple extraction, a local anesthetic will be given. Once the area is numbed, the tooth will be removed. If a surgical extraction is needed, general anesthesia or I.V sedation may be necessary and Dr. Anderson will give you a referral to consult with an oral surgeon.

What Are The Risks Of A Tooth Extraction?

While the benefits outweigh the complications, there are some potential risks that you will need to be aware of. The most common complication is dry socket. Dry socket occur when the blood clot removes itself from the former spot of the tooth. This can cause extreme pain, which will require a visit back to Sprout Kids Dentistry. Other risks include excessive bleeding, infection, cough, redness, swelling, and chest pain. If any of these are experienced, the dentist should be contacted immediately.

What Is The Recovery Period From A Tooth Extraction?

It will take a day or two to fully recover from tooth extraction, especially a surgical tooth extraction. During the recovery period, ice packs, saltwater rinses, and resting should be done. Tooth brushing should be done as normal, but the extraction site should be avoided for the first 24 hours to avoid dry socket. Foods such as ice cream, applesauce, yogurt, and pudding should be consumed for the first few days after the extraction.

Request A Consultation

If your child is experiencing an issue with their teeth, please call Sprout Kids Dentistry in Quincy, MA. Dr. Anderson is available to help ensure that your child has all of their pediatric dental needs met with quality and affordable care.

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Your Baby’s Mouth: What to Expect

If you’ve had a baby, there can be a lot of things to worry about. Although infants usually do not have teeth when they are born, it is still important to provide dental care from the start. We recommend that you bring your baby in for a dental checkup by age one to ensure their gums and teeth are developing properly and detect any abnormalities. Here’s a simple guide to navigating your child’s early dental health.

What we look for

When you bring your baby in for their first check-up, there are a few specific things we look for. These include:

  • Epstein pearls: Small, white cysts in the baby’s mouth that are usually harmless and disappear on their own
  • Bohn nodules: Small, grayish-white nodules that can occur on the palate and are usually harmless as well
  • Inclusion cysts: Small, harmless bumps on the gums
  • Natal/Neonatal teeth: Some infants are born with teeth, or their teeth begin to erupt within thirty days of birth. In some cases, these need to be removed.

Your baby’s mouth during infancy

During the first year of life, your baby will likely experience teething, which is when their teeth begin to erupt through the gums. This usually occurs between 3 and 9 months, and will likely cause your child some pain or discomfort. Signs of teething include irritability, loss of appetite, excessive drooling, and restlessness. Some treatments that may help are teething biscuits or teething rings, pain medicine, eating cold foods, or massaging the gums. Talk to your dentist about how to best relieve your baby’s teething pain.

Another normal aspect of an infant’s life is sucking on a pacifier, thumb, or finger. This is not something to be concerned about, as sucking is a natural reflex for babies. These sucking habits are usually gone by around 3 or 4 years old, and if stopped at this age, will likely not affect the jaw or teeth. However, if a prolonged sucking habit continues it can cause:

  • misaligned upper and lower jaws
  • bottom front teeth to slant inward
  • top front teeth to slant out

These bite problems may need to be corrected with orthodontic work in the future. 

A common problem that can occur with your baby’s teeth is baby bottle tooth decay. This often occurs when a child is repeatedly put to bed with a bottle, and the sugars in the milk or juice sit on the child’s teeth for a long period of time, eventually causing tooth decay or cavities. This can be prevented by not giving the child a bottle in bed, as well as performing adequate dental care.

How to care for your baby’s mouth 

You should begin cleaning your child’s gums soon after birth, even before any teeth have erupted. This will ensure your baby’s mouth is clean as well as get them used to the cleaning process. Here is how to clean your baby’s mouth: 

  • Lay their head down on a flat surface or in your lap
  • Rub a damp washcloth over the upper and lower gums
  • After teeth have erupted, switch to using a baby toothbrush and water 
  • Repeat these steps twice a day, in the morning and evening

Schedule an Appointment

It’s never too early to bring your child to the dentist to ensure that they remain healthy and happy for the years to come. Schedule an appointment with Sprout Kids Dentistry by calling or filling out our online form and we can find the appointment that works best for you.

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How do Dentists Handle Squirmy Toddlers Who Require Dental Treatment?

Your child’s first dental appointment should be a positive one, so at Sprout Kids Dentistry we do everything we can to make sure they are calm and comfortable. However, toddlers can be squirmy, especially if they are feeling anxious. Our team is trained to handle nervous children to ensure a successful visit.

How to prepare for your appointment

Preparing your child for his or her appointment is very important to help ensure they don’t feel anxious and squirmy during their visit. The earlier you start going to the dentist and showing your child that there’s nothing to be afraid of, the better! Before your child’s appointment, avoid using scary words or phrases like “needle,” “shot,” “drill,” or “yank.” Instead, explain to your child that they are going to have their teeth cleaned, and it will be a fun experience. You might consider bringing along one of your child’s favorite blanket, or a small toy, to keep them comfortable. We understand that bringing your child to the dentist can be stressful, but it’s important that you stay calm and positive. Chances are, your child will follow suit.

During your child’s appointment

Most children will feel more comfortable if you stay in the room with them, but you should just be there to watch, not distract them. We have years of experience handling toddlers during their dental visits and know what to say during the exam to help them feel calm. We will explain everything we’re doing so there are no surprises. If your child is especially anxious and squirmy, we do provide laughing gas, a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen to help them feel relaxed. Kids are very impressionable, so having successful visits early on is very important to ensure a lifetime of good dental health and habits.

For more invasive procedures

Sometimes, kids get cavities or need more invasive dental work. We can offer conscious sedation or general anesthesia when necessary to make sure your child is completely comfortable during their procedure.

At Sprout Kids Dentistry, we are no strangers to nervous children! You can relax knowing our team knows how to make your child feel comfortable during treatment and we can successfully treat them even if they are a little squirmy. To learn more about our services or to schedule your child’s cleaning, contact our office.

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