Gentle Pediatric Dentist in Northampton & Amherst
Your child deserves a truly exceptional approach, and that’s just what you’ll find at Northampton Pediatric Dentistry. Just like a pediatrician solely handles the medical issues of children, a pediatric dentistry specialist is focused on their dental needs, and additional years of education and training allow them to provide both skilled dental services and a warm, comfortable atmosphere where little ones can feel at ease. Dr. Tremblay and Dr. Yang hope to welcome you soon! Contact us today to schedule an appointment at either our Northampton, MA or Amherst, MA location.
Digit sucking is a common habit among infants, and one that usually sticks with children until they reach the age of six. It’s a harmless activity initially, but potentially serious oral health issues can begin to arise if young patients pass this age and continue the habit as their permanent teeth emerge. Parents can help to discourage them by providing motivation in the form of little rewards. If it continues, our team is available to provide you with more effective techniques.
Your child will begin to receive their baby teeth when they’re about six to eight months old, while permanent teeth typically make their first appearance at the ages of five or six. If your little one doesn’t exactly follow this timetable, there’s no need to worry – everyone’s smiles have their own unique schedules. During their regular appointments here in Amherst or Northampton, our doctors can let you know if there’s a problem that needs our professional attention.
Decay is a constant threat to oral health that patients of all ages need to be aware of. For children, an overabundance of sugary or juicy sweets can be a strong cause of decay, and babies who go to bed with bottles of breast milk or formula have a higher risk as well. During their regular check-ups, our gentle dental team will professionally clean your child’s teeth and gums, as well as provide fluoride supplements as needed to fight dangerous bacteria.
While many people may think that gum disease is an adult condition, children and teenagers can experience the first stage – known as gingivitis – earlier than you’d think. And, serious cases are not unheard of. We’ll be sure to help reduce these risks with in-depth cleanings and diligent education about maintaining oral health.
In order to better prevent bacteria and food particles from sticking to enamel, Dr. Yang and Dr. Tremblay can provide dental sealants. These pieces of tough plastic material are directly painted over chewing surfaces, effectively sealing the area and minimizing the threat of decay. With proper care and maintenance, your child’s dental sealants can last up to 10 or 15 years!
Root Canal Therapy
If your son or daughter is experiencing severe tooth damage that’s spread to the roots, Dr. Tremblay and Dr. Yang can provide a special kind of root canal therapy (also known as a pulpectomy) as a transformative way to renew its health and structure.