Pediatric Dentistry

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention for Children?


With early orthodontic intervention, the complexity of future conditions and the time of future treatment can be reduced. Sometimes, it can even eliminate the need for later treatment. There are many reasons for seeking early treatment, including inadequate spacing, avoiding injury, and correcting facial growth. Correcting facial growth can include fixing crossbites, underbites, and overbites. Most often, imbalanced bites are hereditary, but may also be caused from early loss of primary teeth, thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, and prolonged use of a pacifier or bottle after the age of three. A crossbite is when the teeth of the top […]

What Are the Differences Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

When choosing the doctor who will transform you or your child’s smile, it is important to know the differences between a dentist who provides orthodontic care, and a board-certified orthodontist. Even if it seems like an easy fix to straighten teeth, careful consideration, planning, and technical skill are needed to properly alter the relationship between the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment procedures can range from braces or aligner trays to removable and fixed appliances. To become a dentist, a bachelor’s degree must first be obtained, followed by a four-year doctoral program at a dental school. After graduating, a general dentist […]

Spotlight on Tufts University School of Dental Medicine: A Celebrated Institution

A renowned school located in the historic city of Boston, Tufts University School of Dentistry is not only a top educational facility, it is also where our dentists and orthodontist earned their dental degrees and orthodontic and pediatric dentistry certifications. Dr. William Chan and Dr. Ben Chan are also current clinical faculty members, and Dr. William Chan has been a member of the Board of Advisors since 2012. In their capacity as teachers, they are dedicated to helping mentor future pediatric and orthodontic dental professionals and instill the patient-focused philosophies that set Tufts and our practice apart. More information about […]

Top Tips for Good Oral Care During Childhood

In our last blog post, we discussed some of the ways parents can help their kids become comfortable with brushing and flossing. In this article, we’d like to go into a bit more detail and provide a handful of oral care tips for each stage of life. If you have a question that’s not addressed here, or if you would like to speak with our skilled pediatric dentists, please contact our practice. We’re here to help. Brushing and Flossing: Begin brushing the teeth with (fluoride free) toothpaste at about two years of age, and flossing once two teeth are touching. […]

Building Positive Habits Early: Teaching Kids to Brush and Floss

By showing kids the importance of keeping their teeth clean, children will grow up with the proper habits to preserve their oral health throughout life. Good habits begin young, and knowing how to make this daily routine fun, stress-free, and educational will go a long way toward fostering good practices. Our experienced pediatric dentists offer some easy steps to get your young ones on the right path: Start Early: When teeth first start erupting, it’s important to brush and floss for little ones. Talk to them during this process and explain why you’re completing the task at hand to help them […]

Can Thumbsucking or Pacifier Use Cause Dental Problems?

Sucking on the thumb, fingers, a pacifier, or another object is a normal response for children. Up to a certain age, usually between 2 and 6 years old, it is perfectly healthy and safe for them to engage in this behavior. However, our extensively trained pediatric dentists and orthodontist explain that if children continue aggressively sucking after the permanent front teeth begin to erupt, this can cause a number of dental problems. If a child simply holds a thumb or fingers in the mouth without sucking, or only very gently sucks, this may not be a serious concern. Aggressive or […]

What Are Some Steps to Prevent Childhood Cavities?

Young children can develop cavities (dental caries) in their primary teeth, so it’s very important to take steps to reduce the chances of this happening. During your regular appointments, Dr. William Chan and Dr. Denise Goodman, our extensively trained pediatric dentists, can recommend a number of tips to help keep young mouths clean, healthy, and happy Baby bottle tooth decay is a common concern, and this can happen when you let your little one go to sleep with a bottle. Milk has sugars in it that can eat away at the tooth’s structure. Only give your children water before bed, […]

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Parents are often reasonably concerned about their children developing cavities (dental caries). Our pediatric dentists want to emphasize the importance of keeping the mouth clean and avoiding preventable dental issues. In many cases, using proper oral hygiene as directed can help to reduce the risk of cavities and other conditions that can lead to more serious problems. To help parents and kids better understand how brushing, flossing, and regular checkups play an essential role in oral and whole health, we want to explain how tooth decay happens. Cavities form as a result of tooth decay, which is caused by certain […]

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing in your child by their first birthday. The benefits of early dental care are broad and far-reaching, and they go beyond learning to be comfortable with the doctor—although that’s important too. The first dental visit allows our experienced pediatric dentists, Dr. William Chan and Dr. Denise Goodman, to evaluate the health of your child’s mouth. We will examine the oral structures and see if there are any signs that problems may arise in the future. During this consultation, we will also discuss proper oral care with new parents. This is also an […]