"We are dedicated to providing superior dental services to all of the Children and Adults* of Cape Ann"
*With Mass Health
providing service to smiles of all ages!
The Gloucester Children's Dental Center
The mission of the Children’s Dental Center (CDC) is to increase access to quality dental care and to improve the oral health of children by providing dental services and education.
We see patients who are between 1 – 20 years old who have Mass Health Insurance Coverage or The Children's Medical Security Plan (CMSP).
Dr. Benjamin Polan
R.D.H Dental Hygienist
C.D.A. Dental Assistant
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. We will make your childs first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. You should inform your child of the visit and tell them that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.
It is best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
"Kirby" shows how to brush your teeth!
What your child will experience during their first visit
to The Gloucester Children's Dental Center
WHAT TO EXPECT
On your first visit to the Children's Dental Center
Arrive before your child’s scheduled appointment and they will have the chance to play in our toy-filled playroom
We will provide the necessary educational resources to maintain proper oral hygiene
Occlusion, the way our teeth fit together will be evaluated
Discussions with you and your child on any habits (thumb sucking, pacifiers, bottles, etc.)
Digital x-rays will be taken (as needed) to diagnose cavities, infections, position and location of un-erupted teeth
Teeth will be cleaned, polished, and fluoride is provided
Referrals will be given, if necessary
Help catch the "Invisible Nasties" that live in you mouth. Can you figure out how to make them go away? Watch the video and find out!
Meet our teenage friend Tyler.
See how he gets and keeps his beautiful smile!
Brush, Brush, Brush your way to better, healthier teeth!
Meet our new friend Rory. He's going to tell us why it's important to visit the dentist on a regular basis.
If you do, then this video is for you. Find out the proper way to brush and floss with braces so you don't have problems later!
Listen to the Dentist!
In this video you'll find out what types of food are good and bad for your teeth!
Get answeres to all of your Child's Dental Questions here!
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Is thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist.
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child's teeth. Take your child to a dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child's first birthday.
How often does my child need to see the dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child 2 years of age and younger. For the 3-6 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
How do I make my child's diet safe for his teeth?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay. You can also ask your dentist to help you select foods that protect your children's teeth.
How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
Call Us: 978-281-5885
City of Gloucester
Children's Dental Center
99 Prospect Street
Gloucester, MA 01930