Pediatric Dentistry in Worcester

Pediatric dentistry is a subspecialty of general dentistry — and something that can help keep your kids' teeth and gums healthy and strong.

Children's Dental Specialties has been in practice since 1968 and we've helped multiple generations of children achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. Not only do we have the experience to help your children, but we also have the patience, desire, and compassion. But why should you send your child to a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist?

What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty in dentistry, serving children as young as a year and as "old" as 18 or even college-aged patients.

While every dentist can perform a variety of restorative procedures, not every dentist is well-equipped to take care of children. Doing that requires special training, as well as a high level of patience, understanding, and compassion. We have the skills needed to work on small children and to keep them feeling comfortable throughout the process.

Pediatric Dentistry in Worcester — What Your Child's Dentist Can Do

A pediatric dentist can do anything a general family dentist can do and more. They provide preventative and therapeutic oral healthcare for all children, including those with special needs.

Common dental treatments in a pediatric practice include:

  • - Dental cleanings
  • - Comprehensive examinations
  • - Sealants
  • - Fluoride treatment
  • - Dental fillings
  • - Dental crowns (stainless steel for primary teeth and porcelain for permanent teeth)
  • - Nerve treatments, including pulpotomies (the pediatric equivalent of a root canal)
  • - Extractions
  • - Orthodontics
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Do Baby Teeth Really Matter?

This is a question we hear a lot — and we get it. Baby teeth fall out, so do you really need to take care of them the same way you do with adult teeth? Yes, and here's why.

  • Dental disease can be painful: It doesn't matter if you have a full set of baby teeth or adult teeth — if you have dental decay, it can be painful. You can help prevent childhood toothaches with good dental home care practices and regular visits to a pediatric dentist.
  • Healthy baby teeth often lead to healthy permanent teeth: Baby teeth are essentially placeholders for adult teeth. Without them, adult teeth won't exfoliate the way they're supposed to, which can lead to crooked teeth, crowding, and tooth, gum, and jaw pain.
  • The sooner you start good dental habits, the better: Children's brains are like sponges. If you start teaching them early on that dental care is important and teach them good habits, they're more likely to stick to them as they get older. Waiting to practice good home care until their baby teeth fall out will be a struggle. You can reduce your frustration and prevent dental diseases by teaching your kids proper home care from an early age — and by scheduling regular dental visits with their pediatric dentist at Children's Dental Specialties.

Patient Information — An Important Aspect of Pediatric Dentistry

One of the main focuses of our practice is patient education. The more education you and your kids have, the better able you'll be to prevent painful dental diseases.

We provide oral hygiene instructions often, displaying the proper way to brush and floss to your child, while explaining the importance of doing both.

We thoroughly explain what to expect during a dental procedure in terms that a child can comprehend and in a way that makes them feel comfortable and not anxious.

Our team also explains in kid-friendly terms what each of the instruments we use helps us to do during restorative appointments.

Help for Parents

Taking care of your own teeth is a job. Now you have to take care of your child's as well. We understand how daunting it can be. You don't want to see your child in pain from dental decay but you're not sure how to take care of their teeth or how to teach them to do so for themselves.

That's where we come in!

Our goal is to help parents just as much as it is to help children. When you book your first dental appointment for your child at Children's Dental Specialties, we'll explain how to care for their teeth and gums. Included will be product recommendations (like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and fluoride products).

We'll also demonstrate how to brush and floss your child's teeth so you both can feel more confident doing so at home. When your child is older, we'll show you how you can help them learn to care for their teeth on their own.

We're here for you every step of the way.

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Helping to Alleviate Your Child's Dental Apprehension

Ask any adult who hates going to the dentist why they don't like it, and many will tell you that it's due to a bad experience they had as a child. In many cases, they saw a dentist who didn't have the skills needed for pediatric dentistry.

We want to reduce the anxiety your child feels when it comes to going to the dentist. When kids visit Children's Dental Specialties, they're immersed in a calming and kid-friendly environment. Everyone on our team loves kids and will do all they can to make the dental experience a pleasant one.

A Pediatric Dentist Can Make the Dental Experience More Enjoyable for Your Kids.

Contact us to schedule your child's new patient appointment!