‘Fancy Fluoride’ Can Help Inhibit Decay in Primary Teeth

Pediatric Dentist Recommends First Dental Visit by Age One

(Issued Spring 2019) — What is the best age for a child’s first dental visit? And what if a cavity appears on a primary tooth? Dr. Karissa Koster of ARCH Pediatric Dentistry in Stoughton and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, says every child needs to establish a ‘dental home’ by age one or six months after the first tooth appears: “It’s important to review oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day, minimizing snacking habits, and meeting with parents to discuss their toddler’s teeth.”

Cavities are one of the most widespread chronic infectious diseases among children in the U.S. — six in 10 children experience a cavity by age eight. Dr. Koster uses silver diamine fluoride (SDF), a simple, safe, low-cost option to painlessly treat cavities in children who can’t cope with getting traditional fillings. SDF is a sort of ‘fancy fluoride’ that can help stop decay and treat small cavities noninvasively. The SDF remains until a final restoration is completed or the baby tooth falls out.

This treatment is best for very young patients with dental anxiety or those who don’t have the physical or mental ability to sit for a restorative procedure. The application of SDF helps stop the decay process from worsening and can be applied every six months while waiting for patient cooperation to improve. It is not considered final treatment and restoration is recommended when a patient is able to tolerate it.

Dr. Koster says, “Prevention is our number one priority, but if a child does have a cavity, we need to treat it before the child develops pain and infection. However, we also want to make sure they have a good experience at the dentist, so this is a good way to do both.” She works closely with her Orthodontic colleagues in ARCH’s Stoughton office to provide a comprehensive, comfortable experience for patients and parents. Dr. Koster completed her undergraduate work at Stonehill College and earned her dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
ARCH’s Dr. Andrew Chase says, “Now, conveniently under one roof, we offer a wealth of specialized training to care for young and developing smiles. During these important years, a specialist can make positive, vital changes to your child’s total health and help develop their wonderful, unique smile. Children and adolescents continue to benefit from the best and most appropriate professional and friendly care.”

ARCH offers free initial consultation (a $500 value) plus interest-free financing at its 9 offices. Pediatric Dentistry is only available at the Stoughton office. Veterans and members of the military and their families receive a courtesy discount. For more info and/or a no-obligation appointment, contact (781) 209-6776 or smilemaker@ARCHorthodontics.com

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