It’s never too early to consider what pediatric dentistry can do for your child’s oral health.
There are so many exciting milestones that you get to enjoy when you see your child grow and develop: their first steps, their first words and their first tooth. Of course, even before their first tooth comes in you should be thinking about ways to keep their gums healthy and free of bacteria. Our Elgin, IL, pediatric dentists and our expert dental team are here to tell you how you can keep your child’s developing smile healthy.
Start ‘Em Young
While most parents will tell you that they understand the importance of pediatric dentistry, many don’t know where to begin. Before your child’s first tooth comes in (usually around their first birthday), you should be wiping their gums with a soft, damp cloth after each feeding to prevent bacteria from forming along the gumline.
Once teeth begin to erupt you should start brushing them every day. Always use a child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles. At this point in time, you’ll only be brushing with water. Do not use toothpaste. You won’t start incorporating toothpaste into their routine until they turn 2 years old.
Visit the Dentist
Just as it’s important to start your child’s oral care routine as soon as possible it’s also important that you know when to start visiting our Elgin, IL, children’s dentists for care. By the time your child turns 1 year old or by the time their first tooth comes in (whichever happens first), you will want to schedule an appointment with us. This visit is the best way to get your child acclimated to visiting the dentist. While we will do a quick oral exam to check the health of their gums and any teeth that have erupted, the most important part of this visit is getting to know your child and establishing rapport.
We will also answer any questions you might have about how to care for your child’s smile. Everything from the type of toothbrush to use to how much toothpaste is appropriate to when you can let your little one starting brushing their teeth on their own can be addressed during these visits. We are here to provide you with all the answers you need. Once your child comes in for their first dental visit, if everything looks good then they won’t need to come back in for another six months.
A Healthy Diet
It’s important that children of all ages are getting the proper nutrients and vitamins they need to grow up healthy and strong. What your child eats could also greatly impact the health of their teeth and gums. Avoid sugary drinks and foods and opt for a diet that is diverse in lean proteins, low-fat dairy, fibrous veggies, fruits, and whole grains.
Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates offers two convenient dental locations in Elgin and Carol Stream, IL to serve you better. No matter whether you have questions about your child’s oral health or you need to schedule their routine checkup, don’t hesitate to call us today with any questions about pediatric dentistry.
Pediatric dental treatments help keep your child's smile strong and healthy. The pediatric dentistry specialists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates in Elgin and Carol Stream, IL, discuss the benefits of a few common treatments.
Even very young children can experience cavities. Fillings restore teeth after tooth decay has been removed, allowing your child to use the tooth normally. Depending on the location of the teeth and your preferences, silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin fillings may be used.
It only takes a second for your child to fall and chip a tooth. Bonding repairs chips and small fractures, restoring the function and appearance of teeth. During the painless treatment, flexible composite resin is applied to the damaged tooth, then hardened with a curing light. Bonding can also be used to cover teeth discolored by tetracycline use or alter the shape of teeth.
Acids attack and weaken tooth enamel, increasing your child's risk of tooth decay. Fluoride, a natural mineral, remineralizes and rebuilds weak areas of enamel. Although fluoride is found in many toothpastes, fluoride treatment contains a higher concentration of the mineral. Applying fluoride topically to teeth offers added protection against cavities.
Plaque, the sticky bacterial substance responsible for tooth decay, collects in pits and grooves in your child's molars. Unfortunately, the pits are so small that toothbrush bristles can't reach them. Sealants fill in pits and grooves with a plastic coating, preventing plaque buildup and cavities. The application of sealants only takes a few minutes in our Elgin or Carol Stream office.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy saves at-risk teeth that have become inflamed or infected due to decay or an injury. Parents sometimes wonder if it's worth saving baby teeth, since they'll eventually be replaced by permanent teeth. Baby teeth save a place for permanent teeth and help guide them into position. If baby teeth are lost prematurely, permanent teeth may not be able to erupt normally, which may cause bite and appearance issues.
Does your child complain of tooth pain or other dental issues? Pediatric dentistry treatments can help protect his or her smile. Schedule an appointment with the pediatric dentists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates by calling (847) 888-8282 for the Elgin office or (630) 289-8899 for the Carol Stream office.
Are your teeth misaligned or crowded? Are speaking and eating difficult for you? Are you reluctant to smile broadly in public? These problems and more indicate a need for orthodontic evaluation and treatment. At Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates, the highly trained team and on-staff orthodontists, Dr. Jay Patel and Dr. Rudolfo Valente, offer children, teens and adults superior smile correction. Learn here how your smile may be telling you it needs help from your orthodontist in Carol Stream and Elgin, IL.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile gets noticed more than any other physical feature, including eye color and body shape. So it's no wonder you cover your crooked, gapped smile.
However, while smile aesthetics take an emotional toll, your misaligned teeth impact your oral health, too. For instance, if your teeth are crowded, they are harder to clean, a problem which leads to decay and gum disease.
Additionally, misaligned teeth cause:
- Jaw pain (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ)
- Uneven and premature wearing of tooth enamel and dental restorations such as crowns and fillings
- Difficulties speaking, eating and even swallowing
- Mouth breathing
If you or a family member experience one or more of these issues, you likely need orthodontic treatment. To find out for sure, see your orthodontist in Carol Stream and Elgin. He'll examine your teeth and gums, take oral impressions and X-rays and devise a treatment plan to straighten those teeth for best appearance and oral health.
What braces do
Both traditional metal and ceramic braces and clear plastic aligners, such as Invisalign, move crooked teeth into healthier, better functioning and more attractive positions. Besides addressing the above symptoms of smile dysfunction, braces of all kinds correct:
- Protruding front teeth
- Over and under bite
- Open bite (teeth don't close together)
- Upper and lower teeth which do not line up at the midline of the mouth
- Teeth that are rotated or tipped forward or backward
While treatment times vary, your orthodontist in Carol Stream and Elgin changes a wide variety of smile problems. He tracks your progress, helps you with brushing and flossing properly, and recommends diet changes that help keep teeth and gums healthy as you wear your appliances. He also follows up with orthodontic patients, recommending retainers to keep teeth in their newly aligned positions for life.
Find out more
Does your smile appearance and oral function concern you? Perhaps you have a child or other loved one with dental alignment issues from thumb-sucking, oral trauma or hereditary factors. if so, why wait?
Contact the experts at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates. They'll do a complete examination and make recommendations you can count on for a great smile. For the Carol Stream office, phone (630) 289-8899. For Elgin, call (847) 888-8282.
Like others in his field of expertise, Dr. Johnny Kuttab, your pediatric dentist in Elgin, IL, will recommend that your child begin visits to Complete Dental Services soon after they cut their first teeth. It might seem too early, but there are several very good reasons why your infant needs to see a dentist. If you have a young child who hasn't yet seen a dentist, this is the post for you!
Establish a routine
By bringing your child to the dentist at an early age, you're helping them understand that these visits are a normal part of life. Older children who visit the dentist for the first time may be apprehensive, even fearful, of the new sights and sounds of a dental office, making the experience more difficult for everyone. You and your child will feel much more comfortable visiting your pediatric dentist if you start making their appointments a part of your family's routine when they're toddlers.
Learn best practices
Early visits to your Elgin pediatric dentist aren't just a learning experience for your children; you're bound to pick up some new tricks as well! Our helpful staff can give you suggestions on how to brush effectively, what brands and flavors children prefer, and any signs of problems you might encounter. Preventative care at home is imperative to good dental health.
Plan for the future
Over time, your children's teeth may show signs of misalignment. Rather than wait until they're older before deciding they might need braces, your pediatric dentist can start planning to help their teeth grow in the right way through spacers, extractions and other interventions. X-rays, taken once a year, are excellent in helping us diagnosing any future alignment problems.
The pediatric dentistry staff at Complete Dental Care in Elgin, IL is excited to work with your family. Contact us for an appointment today!
Preventative care visits are an important part in maintaining your child's oral health. For proper tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay, fluoride is important. Tooth decay may still be a problem for many children because of their eating habits, particularly if they eat lots of sweets. This makes pediatric dentistry in Carol Stream and Elgin, Illinois from Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates that much more crucial. Regular dental examinations at a young age helps prevent future dental problems from happening at all.
Why is Pediatric Dentistry Important?
Fluoride is especially important as it helps to break down harmful bacteria that can lead to cavities or tooth decay. When there is fluoride in the mouth, it can harden the enamel and make it resistant to this bacteria. It can even help repair small cavities from forming at all. Dr. Katris can apply fluoride directly to the teeth. This pediatric dental procedure in Elgin is a great preventative procedure for children of all ages. It sits for a few minutes and has great results.
Dental sealants are another preventive measure that can be taken. The sealants help protect your child's teeth from decay, particularly the back teeth, that have rough surfaces that can trap food particles and bacteria. Children's teeth are also not as resistant as adult teeth to decay.
Regular dental exams and cleaning at an early age teach your child to trust their dentist and to get into a routine they will follow for a lifetime. To learn more about pediatric dentistry in Carol Stream and Elgin, Illinois from Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates, schedule an examination and cleaning today by calling (847) 888-8282 for our Elgin location and (630) 289-8899 for our Carol Stream location.We are ready and willing to help treat your child and keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
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