Family Dentistry in Ashland, MA

We enjoy helping children establish healthy oral hygiene habits and maintain big, bright smiles for years to come. Our focus is providing the right program for all stages of development and oral care. We coach parents and children on the importance of brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings, as well as good nutrition. After all, a healthy smile is linked to full-body health and better living!

Take some time to review our full range of family dental services to get a better understanding of how Zarrella Dentistry can help.

Preventive Care

Oral health has a dramatic impact on overall health, so it's important for people of all ages to see the dentist regularly for cleanings and x-rays. Dr. Zarrella will identify early signs of serious health issues, such as gum disease, bite disease due to clenching, and oral cancer. When cavities are detected during preventive visits, they can be filled with a white filling. Cavities that grow too deep can easily and painlessly be fixed with a root canal from our office endodontist, Dr. Peter Rider.

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • For implants, bridges, crowns, and whitening treatments Zarrella Dentistry provides the very best range of dental products and cosmetic dental services. With our help, you can achieve a fuller, brighter, and healthier smile that is guaranteed to impress.

Sealants

Sealants are a great preventative measure taken to protect newly erupted adult teeth from dental decay. Six-year and 12-year molars (first and second molars) anatomically have deep grooves and pits. These teeth are very susceptible to dental caries (cavities) because bacteria nestle into these hard-to-clean areas. Sealants are an easy and affordable way to treat these teeth.

The tooth is easily conditioned and then a white liquid material is placed in these pits and grooves to “seal” them so bacteria cannot cause havoc. The sealants should be placed when the 6-year molars erupt and again when the 12-year molars erupt. Although sealants are not a guarantee that cavities will not occur, they do decrease cavity rates. 

Fluoride: 

  • Cavities are still the number one disease in children and account for more lost school time than any other factors. Fluoride for children is a very important element in the fight against dental decay. Studies have shown that if fluoride is introduced as children’s teeth are forming, the enamel will be harder, stronger, and more resistant to breakdown. The addition of fluoride in public water systems has been shown to decrease the number of cavities in those populations. The internal positive effects of fluoride can only be seen as teeth are forming. If your water is not fluoridated, it is important to supplement with fluoride drops or vitamins prescribed by your dentist or pediatrician. The topical effects of fluoride are beneficial as well; fluoridated water and fluoride treatments at the dental office help to remineralize areas of breakdown. Make sure to let your dental provider know where you get your fluoride from.

Dentures:

Teeth will fall out due to injury or oral disease. That’s when you need a durable replacement to maintain normal function and aesthetics. Zarrella Dentistry offers top-quality complete and partial dentures to help you get both! When you need superior removable replacements for your missing teeth, trust our practice. We can deliver dentures that you’ll be proud to show off.

FAQ

Your child’s first set of teeth, the primary teeth, are extremely important. Strong, healthy primary teeth help your child chew food easily and learn to speak clearly. Just as important, your child’s general health can be affected if diseased and broken primary teeth are not treated early. If a primary tooth is lost too soon, your child may need to wear a space maintainer until the permanent tooth erupts (comes through the gums). Otherwise, the teeth beside it may tilt toward the empty space, causing the permanent teeth to come in crooked and possibly requiring lengthy and more expensive corrective treatment later.
Ideally, it is best to take your child to the dentist between 12 and 18 months of age. The earlier you begin, the better chance Dr. Zarrella has to prevent problems. In addition to checking for decay and other problems, Dr. Zarrella will teach you how to properly clean your child’s teeth daily, evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb-sucking, and identify your child’s fluoride needs. By starting dental visits at an early age, you will help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits.
While there is no set rule, it is generally recommended that children visit the dentist every six months. However, every child's dental needs differ. Dr. Zarrella is best able to suggest a schedule of visits for your child. The frequency of dental visits will partly depend on your child’s eating habits, how clean his or her teeth are kept, and whether your child drinks fluoridated water. Taking your child to the dentist regularly can prevent serious dental disease. Preventive services such as fluoride treatments and sealants are less costly than the fillings, crowns, and other treatments your child may need if the teeth are neglected. Regular dental visits save time, money, and your child’s teeth.
Dr. Zarrella may prefer to see young children in the morning when they are rested and more cooperative. Morning appointments also don’t conflict with meal times or naps. Of course, you know your own child best and can select an appointment time that is comfortable and convenient for both you and your child.
Dr. Zarrella and our hygienist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums for tooth decay and other problems. They may also take X-rays of your child’s teeth to see whether the facial bones and teeth are developing properly and to look for any hidden decay. If necessary, your child’s teeth will be professionally cleaned, or a follow-up appointment for cleaning will be scheduled. You will also learn important preventive home care skills to help your child’s teeth stay strong and healthy.
Tell your child that Dr. Zarrella is a friendly doctor who will keep them comfortable and smiling. Talk about the visit in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would about any important new experience. With the right preparation, a visit to the dentist can be a pleasant adventure for your child.

For more information concerning our dental services for families, or to schedule an appointment for you or your loved ones, please call Zarrella Dentistry at 508-881-1280.