Pediatric Dentist & Orthodontics in Pittsfield & Great Barrington, MA - Drs. Yarmosky, Yarmosky & Ballinger


Dental Home

The doctors of Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry practice preventive dentistry. They teach parents how to protect their child’s dental health by involving and educating the parents from the beginning to prevent dental disease so their children can belong to the cavity-free generation. After evaluating your child’s dental health, the doctor will design a personalized program of home care for your child. This program will include brushing and flossing instructions, diet counseling, and fluoride recommendations.

Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child. Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the food they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. They have a better chance of general health because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body. A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.

Tooth cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatments are all part of your child’s prevention program, but there is much more. For example we can apply sealants to protect your child from tooth decay, help you select a mouth guard to prevent sports injuries to the face and teeth, and provide early diagnosis and care for orthodontic problems.  Dr. Louis, Dr. Steve, and Dr. Lauren are uniquely trained to develop a combination of office and home preventive care to ensure your child a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

Starting at Age 1

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age.

Establishing a Dental Home for your child is an important step to insure comprehensive and preventive dental care and provide you and your child with a dental resource and  a familiar environment for subsequent dental visits as opposed to your child’s first dental visit taking place in the emergency  room.  At Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry, as your child’s Dental Home, we are here for you…to answer your questions, to alleviate your concerns or to address dental emergencies.


Pleasant First Visit

When the child is seen at one year, the first visit can be pleasant and uneventful, introducing the child and parents to the dental office. Emphasis is on the developmental assessment of the child’s oral health. Caries (tooth decay) or developmental disturbances can be managed early. Fluoride varnish may be applied to counteract beginning decay on newly erupted teeth.






Five Steps for Baby's First Dental Visit

Step 1
Clinical Examination
by Age 12 Months


  • Complete medical history

  • Knee-to-knee exam with guardian

  • Note clinical dental caries

  • Soft tissue irregularities

  • White-spot lesions, tongue anatomy

  • Enamel decalcification, hypoplasia

  • Dietary staining

Step 2
Caries Risk Assessment


  • Bottle or breast fed at night on demand
  • Non-water in bedtime bottle
  • Decalcification/caries present
  • No oral home care
  • Sugary foods, snacks
Step 3
Diet Counseling for Infants


  • No juice or milk in bed
  • Sippy cups can encourage decay
  • Avoid sugar drinks, sodas
  • Encourage variety and a balanced diet
  • Low-sugar snacks
  • Fluorides – topical and systemic
Step 4
Oral Home Care for Infants


  • Brush/massage teeth and gums 2x daily
  • Small, soft toothbrush
  • Tiny amount of toothpaste, with Fluoride
  • Guidance on thumb sucking, pacifier
  • Response for home accidents, trauma
Step 5
Future Visit


  • Based on Risk Assessment
  • At age one year
  • Two years if delayed in development

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