We recommend that your child comes in for a checkup by the age of 2. This first visit to Milford Dental Excellence should be stress-free, painless, and fun! We’re great with children; we put their needs first.
Our team knows how to use comforting, friendly language; we explain procedures in a way that won’t scare a child.
Our goal is to make both you and your child feel comfortable.
Healthy Oral Hygiene: Baby’s First Teeth
Sometime between 6-12 months of age, your child’s teeth will begin breaking through the gum. This process continues through age 3 or so. To relieve pain, have your child chew on a cold, damp washcloth or teething ring.
Tooth decay can begin as soon as a baby’s teeth come in, leading to cavities, and, causing great pain. Babies have a higher decay risk if their teeth are often in contact with sugary liquids, such as milk, fruit juices, soda, and other sweetened liquids.
Never put a baby to bed with a bottle or use a bottle as a pacifier unless there is only water in the bottle.
After your child’s teeth start breaking through the gum, examine them several times per week. Look for signs of decay, such as discoloration or spots on the enamel. Brush the individual teeth with a soft brush and a very small amount of toothpaste.
During this time, you can instill good dental hygiene habits. Brushing can be fun! Flossing is also important since most decay begins between the teeth. We recommend that your child brush morning and night. Try to limit sugar-filled foods and drinks.
Baby teeth should total 20. Then, around age 6, your child will start losing primary teeth, and permanent teeth will begin to grow in. After all permanent teeth have grown in, the child should have 28 teeth. If wisdom teeth are present, the total is 32!
Teaching your child good, early dental hygiene habits leads to a lifetime of healthy teeth.
The staff at MDE are amazing! From the moment you walk through the door and are greeted until the moment you leave, you feel more like you have been to a friend’s house than to a dentist office. I have 2 young children, 2 and 4, who love coming to the Dentist because of the care they received at MDE. In fact, every time we drive by they say, “there’s our dentist!” I want to give a special shout out to Heidi and Ruthie who worked with 2 rambunctious boys today! Thanks for taking such awesome care of them for me!
I have been coming to Milford Dental Excellence for years and have never had a bad experience. The staff is friendly and do a great job. They also have been seeing my daughter for 2-3 years and do a fantastic job with her. I would certainly recommend them to anyone that needs a new dentist.
I have seen all 3 dentists and have always been happy. My kids come here also, and they feel comfortable with dental visits. I recommend MDE to everyone I know.
We just switched to this dental practice because of how close it was to our home. The staff was exceptional…..very kind and friendly. I appreciated their patience and how well they explained everything to my children before completing any procedures. I would definitely recommend this practice to others.
We drive 40 minutes to come here. The entire staff is fantastic and absolutely wonderful with my children! It is so nice to have everyone in the family look forward to our dentist appointments. Thank you to all of you for making every experience a great one!
Additional Information on Dentistry for Kids
The Dangers of Thumb-Sucking
Thumb-sucking is a natural habit in young children. It’s something that relaxes them and causes them to feel more secure, and it could even aid sleep. However, if it continues for too many years, thumb-sucking can cause a number of dental issues.
As adult teeth are replacing the primary teeth, thumb-sucking can disturb the general growth of the mouth, including teeth-alignment. It can also cause abnormal changes to the roof of the mouth.
The majority of kids stop sucking their thumbs at the point permanent teeth are ready to come in—somewhere between 2-4 years of age. The children who go on sucking their thumbs past this stage are at a higher risk for damage.
An additional influence that determines whether or not damage will occur is the intensity of the child’s sucking. Children who suck their thumbs with vigor will have more dental issues than children who only stick their thumb in their mouth. In fact, children who suck their thumbs aggressively have been known to develop issues before the arrival of their adult teeth.
Here are a couple of tips to help get your children to cease sucking their thumbs:
Discover and treat the cause of the anxiety that is making them want to suck their thumb in the first place.
Give your child praise when they’re not sucking their thumb.
Ask Doctors Naylor, Powers, or Reineck to explain the risks and offer advice.
The most effective method of fighting cavities is to brush and floss regularly, but occasionally it can be tough to clean the whole surface of your teeth. This is particularly true in the case of our molars, which are located in the deep depths of our mouths and act as a shelter for bacteria and leftover food. Thankfully, dentists offer sealants, which are thin, plastic coatings that are attached to your teeth where they hinder cavities and stop early stages of decay.
When the bacteria in your mouth meets leftover food, acids are produced. These acids can create craters in your teeth, which we call cavities. Sealants work by stopping food from getting wedged in those difficult-to-reach spots while simultaneously keeping bacteria and acid away from the surface of your teeth.
Considering that most of us get our first molars at around six, the earlier sealants are applied, the better. By sealing our molars at an early age, they could potentially remain cavity-free right from the beginning. And though you may think of them as an expense, sealants are more of an investment. After all, having no cavities in your teeth means less money spent in the long-run.
The application process for sealants is fairly simple. First, the teeth on which the sealant will be placed is cleaned. Then, an acidic gel is applied, which forms a durable and strong bond between the sealant and the teeth to which it is being applied. After a swift rinse-and-dry, the sealant is applied and hardened by a special blue light.
After sealants are applied, they can last several years before having to be reapplied.
It’s paramount to keep in mind that sealants aren’t a substitute for brushing your teeth. They only prevent cavities in the spots that are treated. In order to keep a healthy smile, you will still have to floss and brush every day. However, if you find that flossing and brushing are not enough to keep your teeth cavity-free, be sure to ask Doctors Naylor, Powers, or Reineck about sealants during your next visit.