Kids Dentistry in Plainfield IL
First Dental Visit
Many people don’t understand how important baby teeth are! These primary teeth are necessary for children to chew and speak properly. These teeth also hold the space for the permanent teeth to come in. If a primary tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for the other permanent teeth to erupt into the mouth.
Sealants are typically long lasting, but need to be evaluated by your dentist. The sealant can remain on the tooth for many years if proper care is taken. Some hard foods, such as hard candy, chewing ice, or sticky foods, such as taffy, may dislodge a sealant and should be avoided.
When used appropriately, fluoride is both safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental cavities. Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in water and many foods. Fluoride helps the tooth’s outer surface, the enamel, stay strong and fight against the acids that cause cavities and tooth decay.
Between the ages 2 and 4 most children stop sucking their fingers, thumbs, or other objects. When children do not stop the habit for a longer period of time, their upper front teeth may be affected or they may need early orthodontic treatment to correct a crossbite. Thumb sucking should be completely stopped by the time permanent front teeth are ready to erupt otherwise it can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment.
Early Childhood Caries
Early Childhood Caries is the most common chronic childhood disease. It is defined as the presence of 1 or more decayed, missing or filled tooth surfaces in any primary (baby) tooth in a child under the age of 6 years old. Dental caries are 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. Early childhood caries or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a serious disease that can destroy your child’s teeth.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes or loosens a band of tissue (frenum) that is connected to the lip, cheek or tongue. With innovative technology, most patients are back to complete normal function within a few days
The way the teeth come together is affected by both environmental and genetic factors. The size and shape of the face and jaw are different for each person and can be influenced by race and gender. Your dentist will check your child’s occlusion (the way the teeth come together) at each examination. Your doctor may recommend a consultation with an orthodontist to make sure early orthodontic treatment isn't required.