Establishing the foundation for a lifetime of excellent oral health begins with bringing your child in for periodic checkups with our Tewksbury pediatric dentist. Our team at Steven C. Demetriou focuses on a preventive approach to care and strives to keep your child's smile healthy, beautiful and cavity-free from the start. We make every checkup a positive learning experience for you and your child, and will keep your child comfortable throughout their visit.
Our Tewksbury pediatric dentist recommends bringing children in for a first checkup as soon as their teeth begin to erupt, and then continuing with checkups twice a year. During your child's initial visit, our dentist will teach you how to clean and care for your child's emerging teeth and discuss how to cope with the discomfort of teething. As children get older, we'll take the time to impart to them the responsibilities of maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Tooth decay is especially prevalent in children; studies show that 42% of children ages 2-11 have had cavities in their primary teeth, and 59% of children and adolescents ages 12-19 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Our dentist will perform a comprehensive teeth cleaning to thoroughly remove plaque buildup and food debris from difficult to reach areas between your child's teeth and gums. We also offer fluoride treatments, which involve the application of the mineral fluoride to the surfaces of teeth, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. Once your child's permanent molars erupt, we can also provide dental sealants, which are protective coatings that prevent plaque from gathering in the biting surfaces of the back teeth.
At Steven C. Demetriou, we provide comprehensive preventive care for your whole family, including children of all ages. Our Tewksbury pediatric dentist and staff are committed to helping your child attain a lifetime of excellent oral health. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.
By Steven C. Demetriou, DMD
May 1, 2019