Children find Smiles by Design a very special place. When greeted by the cheery whimsical motif of our office, kids can’t help but be in a happy mood. The bright colored walls and ceilings, the airplane and bumble bee track lights, not to mention the kids movies like ”Finding Nemo” and “Cars” playing above the chairs in the treatment rooms all contribute to making children’s check-ups fun.
If your child should need a filling or other dental restorative service, Dr. Brother is able to anesthetize their tooth using an unthreatening device called the Wand. This painless computer control slow release local anesthesia device insures a child’s comfort during treatment. Dr. Brother has safe nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help relax anxious children (as well as adults).
Children are really my favorite patients. When you have the trust of a child they will cooperate with any dental procedure needed. This is why we like to see kids when they are young, around 2 and ½ years old. At this age children typically have all 20 primary teeth erupted in the mouth. Few kids at this age have any cavities and the office visit is really a lot of fun. They get to ride up and down in the chair as if it was an amusement ride. We explain all the dental tools: the squirt gun (air/water syringe) that never runs out of water, our “lectric” tooth brush (prophy cup handpiece), mister thirsty (the saliva ejector). We have a friendly non-threatening name for each dental tool as well as all the dental services kids might need.
Of course all our kids are rewarded with a prize from the treasure chest and are given a choice of which “cute, funky” ADA approved toothbrush they like. We keep a supply of children’s books that parents can read at home with their child during the days leading up to their visit.
Some parents ask why we make such a big deal about seeing children twice a year who have only their “baby teeth.” Well, there are really a few good reasons. First and foremost, we want kids to develop the habit of seeing the dentist regularly. Barring an unforeseen traumatic injury, kids who see the dentist regularly are likely to never have a serious dental problem. The habit of regularly visiting the dentist is likely to be internalized so that even after they grow up and move away from home they are likely to maintain the pattern you established for them as children. Secondly, the primary teeth set the stage for the permanent teeth already developing underneath and behind the primary teeth. If there are correct or faulty relationships of the teeth to one another this interrelationship can usually be expected to be followed by a similar relationship in the permanent teeth that erupt following the paths of the primary teeth. Thus, plans can be made for future orthodontic intervention and in some case intervention while the child still has primary or mixed primary and permanent teeth. Also kids need their teeth to chew like the rest of us and like with an adult a cavity not treated can really hurt and when the decay goes as deep as the tooth’s nerve a painful infection will occur.
“In my career, I have thoroughly enjoyed having the privilege of managing the dental health of our most important population, your children,” says Dr. Brother.
Hear what parents say about Dr. Brother.
“My four year old daughter had a large cavity in her baby molar. Three dentists tried to treat her without success. I heard about Dr. Brother from my sister. While he didn’t promise me he could fix her problem at that initial visit, the rapport Nora had with Dr. Brother was so good, she was able to let him fix her molar with the help of the Wand at that first visit!”
-Mrs. Kerry Shea, Burlington
“My daughter, Madison, just loves going to the dentist. Dr. Brother treats her like a princess, and always remembers to give her a present after her visit”
-Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Buss. Acton