Pediatric Dental Care
What is Pediatric Dental Care?
Pediatric dental care starts your child off on the right foot by teaching and encouraging good dental habits. And those habits start with their early dental visits.
When your child’s first tooth erupts or they have their first birthday, they are ready to see the dentist and start healthy dental habits. Schedule a dental appointment for your child today 773-481-2200, or online here.
Here’s what your kids need:
1. Your Child Needs Regular Dental Checkups:
- While it may seem early, your child’s first dental visit should happen once they turn one or their first tooth comes in. You want to take your child in for regular checkups to prevent and detect any dental problems or concerns. Plus, it helps them establish good dental habits by teaching them that it’s essential to see the dentist regularly.
2. Schedule Your Child’s Regular Dental Cleanings:
- We recommend that all pediatric dental patients see us twice a year for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We’ll clean your child’s teeth, monitor their development, and provide guidance on oral care. These visits don’t usually take long.
3. Preventive Care for Our Pediatric Dental Patients:
- Our top Chicago kids dentists usually recommend dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities. These are quick and painless and can go a long way in keeping your child’s teeth healthy.
- We also discuss dietary choices and oral hygiene habits with children and parents and answer any questions you or your little ones may have.
4. Monitoring Growth and Development Of Your Child’s Teeth and Jaw:
- It’s essential to make your child’s regular checkups because we keep an eye on the growth and development of their teeth and jaws.
- We also have a board-certified orthodontist on staff who can do early orthodontic evaluations if necessary.
5. Emergency Pediatric Dental Care:
- Just like adults, children sometimes have dental emergencies. They may break a tooth, get a tooth knocked out, or any other dental trauma or problems may come up.
- Our office is open evenings and Saturdays to handle such cases.
How Does a Kids Dentist Keep Kids Comfortable and Unafraid?
Our dentists and staff have worked with hundreds of patients. We are well-versed in making your child’s pediatric dental visit fun, positive, and comfortable.
Here are some of the ways they accomplish this:
1. Kid-Friendly Dental Office:
- We have fun decor in the office, with monitors that play cartoons and kids films. We also have some toys and a small play area.
2. Patient and Understanding Dentists and Staff:
- Our staff is empathetic, patient, and understanding that your child may be anxious about visiting the dentist. And so they take the time to explain procedures in a kid-friendly way.
3. Gentle Approach to Our Pediatric Dental Patients:
- Our dentists are very gentle with our pediatric patients. We ensure your child will feel safe and comfortable in the dental chair.
4. Distraction Techniques:
- As simple as it may sound, distraction is sometimes the best approach. Our staff can use distraction techniques, like showing your child their favorite movie or letting them choose a fun toothbrush, to keep kids engaged and less anxious during treatment.
5. Positive Reinforcement:
- Our dentists often use positive reinforcement and praise to encourage children to cooperate and feel proud of their dental visit.
6. Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas):
- For more anxious children, we offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, to help children relax during procedures. We are one of the only offices with certified staff in nitrous oxide.
7. Good Dental Health Education:
- Education is key. We’ve found that when our patients, young and old, understand why and how to care for their teeth, they maintain good oral care habits.
At ABC Dental, we offer a fun, friendly, and comfortable experience. We aim to ensure you and your family enjoy your visits to our office.
We’ve cared for many of our pediatric patients well into adulthood when they start having their own children. We’re here to help your family set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health and eliminate fear or anxiety related to dental care.