Pediatric Dentistry in Westford & Bedford
Emerson Dental provides pediatric dentistry in Westford & Bedford, MA. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Jerry Swee, is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He and his team provide exceptional care for our youngest patients! Dr. Swee is also an adjunct professor of graduate studies in pediatrics at Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston. Call 978-339-00117 to learn more and schedule your child’s appointment.
At Emerson Dental we understand the time demands of busy parents. Having a pediatric dentist on staff helps to simplify making multiple family appointments by providing you with the opportunity to schedule your family together on the same day!
We pride ourselves on offering a full line of pediatric dental services. We offer such traditional procedures as cleaning and X-rays, as well as child-centered services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants. We perform restorative procedures including fillings, root canals, and dental crowns. We even offer dental bonding, as well as interceptive orthodontics that can help your child’s permanent teeth come in strong and healthy.
If you are looking for full-service pediatric dentist that you can trust, we invite you to contact Emerson Dental. Call 978-339-00117 to schedule your child’s first appointment.
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Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Why should I bring my child to Emerson Dental?
Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Jerry Swee, is Board-Certified in Pediatric Dentistry and will provide your child with caring and comprehensive dental care in a relaxed and fun environment. He will take the time to personally evaluate your child’s unique dental needs and answer any concerns regarding treatment. Dr. Swee is especially mindful of how important it is for children to have a positive experience during their early dental visits to ensure a lifetime of great dental health. Along with Dr. Swee, we have an amazing support staff to guide you and your child along the road to a healthy smile. From our caring dental assistants who love working with children to our patient relations staff who can assist in answering your insurance questions, your child’s dental care will be comprehensive, caring, and more!
When should I bring my child for his/her first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit within six months of the eruption of their first tooth or by the age of one. Having a dental home gives your child the benefits of early care by educating parents in the best methods of preventative oral health care and establishing a positive relationship between the child and their dentist.
What is the best time to begin brushing my child’s teeth?
You can begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as you see them erupting. Brushing with a soft toothbrush twice a day is recommended.
When will my child lose his/her first tooth?
Typically the first baby tooth is lost at about six to seven years of age, but some children will begin this process earlier or later depending on previous teething patterns. This is an important time for a visit with Dr. Swee to ensure that the process is proceeding properly.
Why should we fix baby teeth if they’re going to fall out anyway?
Aside from eating and aesthetics, one of the most important jobs for the baby teeth is to hold a healthy space for the future adult teeth to take their place. If baby teeth become decayed or infected and aren’t treated properly, it can lead to infection and abscesses which can cause your child pain and discomfort or the loss of the tooth, which can lead to more serious problems.
What is a stainless steel crown?
It is a crown that can be used to repair a baby molar (back tooth) which has had extensive decay and prevent it from decaying further. They are completed in just a single quick visit and will protect the baby tooth until the adult tooth is ready to come in.
What are sealants?
Sealants are strong protective coatings that fill in the grooves on the biting surface of the teeth. They help to prevent food, bacteria and plaque from collecting in these grooves and causing decay.
When can my child get sealants?
Sealants are usually applied to back adult teeth, at about age seven and up to around age 12. Baby teeth can also be sealed, if desired, due to high risk or if extensive cavities are present on other teeth.
How long does a sealant last?
Sealants can last many years and some adult patients still have sealants that were placed when they were a child. We will check the sealants at every visit and repair or redo as needed. As with anything, they last longer if you take care of them. Although sealants are the best protection available against cavities, even a sealed tooth can get a cavity.
What happens if my child knocks out a baby tooth?
If this occurs, call our office immediately to have your child see Dr. Jerry as soon as possible. DO NOT try to put the tooth back in because you could damage the surrounding area and adult tooth.
What if my child breaks an adult tooth?
Call the office or the Emerson Dental emergency number (if after hours) to make an appointment. We may take an x-ray of the damaged tooth and establish the best course of treatment. Often we can repair or “bond” the tooth and your child will look as if nothing happened.
What do I do if my child has a dental emergency when Emerson Dental is closed?
As a patient of record at Emerson Dental, your child will have access to one of our doctors 24/7. When you call our emergency number, it will alert the doctor and you can expect a phone call from one of us usually within the hour. The dentist will then assess the situation and discuss with you the best way to proceed.