Pediatric Dentistry Overview

The Premier Dentistry For Kids In Chicago

At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids in Chicago, our expert pediatric dentists and orthodontists want you to know the ins and outs of why pediatric dentistry is so important! Maintaining your children's dental health now - both at home and with your dental professionals at Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids - will provide health benefits for your children well into their adulthood, as your children’s primary (baby) teeth are the stepping stones for their permanent smiles in the future.

The Importance Caring For Your Children’s Primary Teeth

Your children won't keep their primary teeth forever, but that doesn't mean those tiny pearly whites don't need conscientious care! Primary teeth serve as guides for the eruption of permanent (adult) teeth, holding the space into which these new teeth will erupt. Your children's primary teeth will be there for most of their childhood, helping them bite, chew, and speak. For the first six years or so, your kids will be relying on their primary teeth exclusively to perform these important functions; so it’s critically important to make sure those teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally — when Mother Nature decides!

Your Children’s First Dental Exam At Our Chicago or Glenview Location

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your children in to see us by their first birthday! Though this may sound early, we can teach you about proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, check for cavities, and watch for developmental problems. At this age, there are a number of forms of tooth decay that can already be affecting your children’s primary teeth. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer, inner dentin in six months or less. Most of all, we want to make sure your children have a positive experience at our office during their first exam, becoming regular Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids visitors for years to come!

Cutting-Edge Pediatric Dental Treatments With Your Children’s Dentist In Chicago

At your chicago pediatric dentistry, there are a variety of pediatric dental treatments we provide to prevent tooth decay in children, or to save or repair teeth when necessary. Our state-of-the-art pediatric dental treatments include, but are not limited to:

Topical Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of your children’s teeth, making them harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, we can apply a higher concentration onto your children's teeth for maximum protection.

Dental Sealants

At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids, we can apply a dental sealants that prevent cavities by sealing the little grooves (pits and fissures) on the chewing surfaces of your children’s back teeth. These little crevices become the perfect environments for decay-causing bacteria. Immature tooth enamel is more permeable and therefore less resistant to tooth decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply and provide years of protection for your children!

Root Canal Treatments

Sometimes children need root canals, too! As mentioned above, baby teeth are important guides to permanent teeth that are already forming beneath your children's gums. Therefore, saving them from premature loss can help prevent a malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) that requires orthodontic treatment.

Bonding Treatments

Chips and minor fractures to your children’s front teeth (both common childhood occurrences) can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These life-like resins made of plastic and glass can be used on baby teeth, as well as permanent teeth, lasting until your youngsters have completed facial growth.

 Pediatric Orthodontic Concerns

By age 7, most dental malocclusions in your children have become evident! At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids, our orthodontists can provide interceptive orthodontic treatment around this age, helping direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, thus eliminating or simplifying the need for orthodontic appliances later in your child’s life. As there are many orthodontic problems that can be detected at an early age, one of our trained professionals should evaluate your children’s orthodontic needs as early as possible!

Contact Your Chicago Pediatric Dentist At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids Today!

Learning the importance of pediatric dentistry is crucial for the overall well-being of your children’s teeth and gums! Here at Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids in Chicago, we strive to provide your children with the utmost attention to detail and care they need to lead a life with a happy and healthy smile. For more information on our pediatric dental services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Additionally, you can utilize our online appointment request form to schedule an exam for you son or daughter!

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