FAQs | Sprout Kids Dentistry in Quincy & Boston, MA Quincy, MA | Sprout


Q: Why are dental x-rays recommended for young children?

A: Cavities progress much faster in baby teeth because the enamel is very thin. Many times cavities are left undetected due to a parent’s request to decline dental x-rays. A cavity or other oral condition can easily go unnoticed until your child’s first sign of tooth sensitivity, toothache, dental infection, or other health related concern.

Dental x-rays are recommended for patients in a high cavity risk category when: (1) toothbrushing occurs less than twice daily, (2) molars are touching one another and flossing is not a part of daily oral hygiene, (3) a diet that includes 2 or more servings per day rich in carbohydrates, refined sugars, or processed foods, or (4) there is reason to believe there are problems with your child’s teeth not easily seen by the naked eye such as:

(a) A cavity in between two teeth that are touching
(b) A cavity below an existing filling
(c) Infections of the jawbones
(d) Genetically missing teeth
(e) Gum disease
(f) Dental trauma to the root(s)
(g) Abscessed teeth or fistulas
(h) A cyst or tumor and its size
(i) Wisdom teeth and their angulation

We guarantee we will not recommend dental x-rays for your child unless it is necessary. We follow strict safety guidelines using lead aprons with thyroid collars, and low dose high-speed digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are a smart choice for children when dental x-rays are absolutely necessary. They’re also a much smaller risk to a child’s well being than missing days from school due to dental pain, or dental infection.

Q: What to expect at my baby’s first visit?

A: Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that your baby’s first dental visit occurs by age 1 or six months after the arrival of their first tooth, whichever happens first.

We are committed to serving our youngest patients, and we are excited to watch them develop beautiful bright smiles! At your first visit, we will discuss nutrition, oral hygiene, breaking oral habits such as pacifier use or thumb sucking, and what to expect for your child’s smile in the years to come. We provide quality treatment and prevention guidance to suit your child’s individual needs.

Q: What to expect at your child or teen’s first visit?

A: Around here it’s not just about your child’s health history or past dental experiences— we get to know your child. We want to know your reasons for coming to see us, and your goals for your child’s smile. The earlier we can earn your child’s trust, the better. You and your child will receive a thorough consultation with plenty of time to ask our team questions. At your child’s visit we will outline any existing dental problems, any orthodontic needs, recommend how often routine visits should occur, and review proposed treatment including a pre-estimate of all costs. Oral hygiene instructions will be given with practical advice that helps you and your child care for their mouth.

Dr. Michelle Anderson is a pediatric dentist board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


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