According to the American Dental Association, a child’s first dental exam with a dentist for kids should happen soon after the first baby tooth comes in. Even though baby’s first teeth are temporary, getting an early start on excellent dental hygiene practices will help your child enjoy good oral health for life.

What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist specializes in dentistry that focuses on providing gentle and compassionate dental care to children from infancy through adolescence. At Bourne Dental Associates, our Cape Cod pediatric dentist understands the unique needs of young, vulnerable primary (baby) teeth. We know how to best preserve your child’s oral health as they grow and develop.

Child development and psychology are key components of pediatric dentistry. Our pediatric dentists take pride in creating an environment that is warm, fun, and inviting for little ones. They know how to provide treatment in a way that helps children avoid developing dental phobias, so your child can look forward to regular visits to our office.

Pediatric Dentistry Treatments

At Bourne Dental Associates, fostering trust with children at an early age, while helping them develop excellent at-home oral hygiene habits, is our primary goal. Our pediatric dentistry practice encompasses a broad base of services and treatments that allow us to help care for and maintain your child’s oral health as they grow and develop. These include:

  • Toddler oral health exams
  • Digital x-rays and cleanings
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Diagnosis and safe treatment of dental disorders
  • At-home dental care education
  • Orthodontic evaluation
  • Care for dental injuries

Starting regular checkups early in your child’s life allows us to catch decay and signs of gum disease before they become serious, so we can correct any underlying hygiene issues and prevent problems. As your child grows, we can provide treatments such as sealants to protect new, vulnerable permanent teeth from decay, as well as mouth guards to protect the teeth of your budding sports enthusiast. We can also identify and address potential orthodontic problems before they evolve into bigger money- and time-consuming issues.


Does my child need to see a pediatric dentist regularly?
Yes. You see your dentist regularly, and so should your child. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist can help your little ones avoid the pain and discomfort caused by cavities and decay, and can help them establish good oral hygiene habits that will help maintain excellent lifelong oral health.
How often should my child visit a pediatric dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should see a pediatric dentist at least twice a year.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Teeth begin to emerge between the ages of 6 months and 10 months. The two front-lower incisors usually break through first.

To ensure that your child is well on the way to enjoying a lifetime of excellent oral health, call 508.759.2724 to schedule your child’s next exam with your Cape Cod, MA pediatric dentist.