Pediatric Dentistry in Glenview IL
All parents agree that taking care of our children is our top priority. At Gallery Park Dental, we understand that children have unique dental needs, and Glenview dentists Dr. Gripentrog and Dr. Rogers are trained to meet the needs of our youngest patients.
We offer a friendly atmosphere and a compassionate dental team that can help ease children's fears, giving them positive experiences at the dentist from a young age. This can be an important part of minimizing or eliminating dental anxiety as children grow older.
Start Dental Visits Early
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that a child have their first dental visit as soon as their first tooth comes in, or no later than their first birthday and every six months after. Even young children can be susceptible to early dental caries, especially if they are given a bottle at bedtime. Regular dental visits at least twice a year can help catch these cavities early and make them easily treatable.
Early dental visits also allow us to create positive relationships with the dentist. They can become familiar with the sounds, smells, and sights of the dental office and learn what all the tools do. At Gallery Park Dental, we believe that teaching children good brushing and eating habits from a young age and in a way they can understand can set them on the right path to good dental health throughout their lives.
At a child's first dental visit, we make a point to show them the tools used in dental treatments and explain what each one does. We perform a visual inspection of any teeth the child has and give them a tour of the office, allowing them to ask questions and build confidence about the relationship between healthy teeth and regular dental visits to ensure that as they grow they view the dentist in a positive light.
Fluoride Treatments Strengthen Young Teeth
For our younger patients, we recommend regular fluoride treatments and supplementation in accordance with AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) guidelines. Fluoride can strengthen developing teeth and help prevent cavities. Regular fluoride treatments help strengthen teeth by replacing minerals that are removed by acids and bacteria. Fluoride can even reverse early stages of decay in some patients, helping to avoid fillings.
Sealants Protect Vulnerable Teeth
Dental sealants are a thin film that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the molars and pre-molars. Even children who brush properly may not be able to get into all the pits and grooves of these teeth, and they are particularly susceptible to decay between the ages of 6 and 14. We recommend sealants as soon as a child's molars and pre-molars grow in for the best protection.
We may also recommend sealants in younger children depending on the condition of their teeth. For baby teeth that are pitted or grooved, sealants can provide protection, allowing the baby teeth to do their job until a child's permanent teeth come in. Many people don't realize the important role that baby teeth play in their child's oral health. Along with allowing them to bite and chew food properly, they also regulate the spacing of the child's teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth may lead to crooked or crowded permanent teeth that require orthodontic intervention.
Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy and Happy
If your child is due for a dental visit, call our Glenview dental office now to schedule an appointment.