Welcome to South County Pediatric Dentistry and thank you for choosing us for all of your child's dental needs. We look forward to treating your child and maintaining lifelong oral hygiene habits that they will carry with them into adulthood.
Baby teeth matter; a baby's 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth. Those baby teeth begin coming through the gums around 6 months and set the stage for future smiles by keeping space in the jaw for the adult teeth years later. The ADA recommends that parents take children to the dentist 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth or by 1 year old, whichever comes first. Most children have their full complement of 20 Primary teeth in the mouth by age 3 and is why PREVENTION is so important in these early years of the child's life to avoid tooth decay (cavities) and to educate parents early!
Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries (ECC), is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact it is 5 times more common than Asthma and 7 times more common than Hay Fever. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable! Following your child's initial visit to our office a prevention plan will be put in place tailored to your child's specific needs addressing at what time intervals we feel are necessary they be seen for future visits based on their caries risk. If caries are present the child is at high risk and the appropriate treatment plan will be formulated. Assessment of caries risk for your child is extremely important to Dr. Downey and his staff in allowing them to come up with the proper treatment and will be reviewed at each visit along with oral hygiene instruction and healthy dietary choices.
Thank you again for choosing our office for your child and we are confident you will be happy with your decision for their dental care!
South County Pediatric Dentistry
Narragansett, RI 02882