SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — February is an important month for health. Not only are we wearing red for heart health, but it’s also a time for raising awareness about the importance of oral health.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so The Rhode Show took a trip to Southcoast Smiles in Seekonk, where’ they’re making every effort to make sure families are getting their kids to the dentist at the proper time.
Practicing good dental health is a life-long commitment, and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends starting at a very young age.
“We actually recommend now with the ADA that children come in for the first dental visit shortly after their first birthday, and there’s quite a few reasons for why we recommend that,” said General Dentist Mary Jane Miranda. “We can be ahead on prevention and any dental health problems they may have, as well as just getting them accustomed to the experience of coming to the dentist, make it a nice, fun, easy time for them.”
From sipping on a juice box while watching television to getting a toy on the way out, Southcoast wants to develop your child’s trust from an early age.
“Basically we have a lot of adults that are afraid of the dentist now because of a traumatic experience they had as a child, so if we can prevent that then we’re happy,” Miranda said.
An early visit can help prevent dental problems, but since something serious could still come up, Southcoast Smiles makes it easy to fix.
“What we do here is called oral conscious sedation, as opposed to general anesthesia, or anything really scary that I know parents would be nervous about doing,” Miranda added. “It’s very simple. It’s a little bit of oral medication that we provide here in the office, and we’re able to communicate with the children, they’re able to communicate with us and it just makes the experience rally easy.”
As important as it is for children to receive dental treatment, they’re not the only ones who need regular checkups.
“We’re not specific to children, we treat families as a whole.” said Miranda. “We have really convenient hours. We’re open early mornings, late evenings, and Saturdays, which with everybody’s busy schedules these days is a big plus.”
Southcoast Smiles also recommends that by the age of seven children see an orthodontist, and for your convenience they have one on staff.
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