Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

Pediatric Dentistry

One of the best gifts you can ever give your child is a head start on great dental habits. Our dental health is closely tied to our overall health, so developing good habits early on – even before your child is born – sets the stage for a lifetime of better health. At our office, we welcome children and are very proud to set them on the path towards excellent dental health. The Associates of Dental Arts team is full of caring, friendly, gentle, and fun people that kids love coming to see.

Attention Moms-to-Be!

Thanks to fluctuating hormones, pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, which has been linked to the delivery of low weight and preterm infants.

Practicing great oral health habits is absolutely essential while pregnant. Our team is fully committed to helping avoid these scary complications, so if you are expecting, please let us know!  We will work along side your family for the safety of mom and baby.

Pediatric Dentistry for Infants and Toddlers

Starting oral care at home as early as possible will help your child get used to a clean mouth and develop healthy habits to prevent decay. Begin oral health care for your infant by gently wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet gauze pad or washcloth after every feeding.

Once your baby cuts his or her first tooth, start gently brushing the tooth using water. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste by the time your child turns 2, but work with your child to make sure the toothpaste is not swallowed. During these early years, it’s important to supervise and assist your child while he or she learns to brush.

The First Dental Appointment

We recommend that you schedule your child’s first healthy baby check-up appointment six months after his or her first tooth is cut. At this appointment, our team will check for signs of decay and other conditions. We will also show you the best way to properly clean your child’s teeth and provide tips to help develop good oral health habits.

Even though your child will eventually lose their baby teeth, they do serve an important purpose. Baby teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth, and if they are lost too early, the other teeth may drift and cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked. Crooked teeth are difficult to clean properly and are more prone to decay than straight teeth.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

After your child eats or drinks sugary foods or starchy carbs, the bacteria in his or her mouth converts the sugar into acid.  The acid then attacks your child's teeth, causing decay. This is why nutrition habits are just as important as good oral hygiene habits. As part of the treatment plan, our team will discuss dietary habits and look for ways to make improvements in order to help prevent decay.