Children’s dentistry (officially known as pediatric dentistry) is the field of dentistry that focuses entirely on the oral health of children.
Children’s dentistry (officially known as pediatric dentistry) is the field of dentistry that focuses entirely on the oral health of children. This usually includes children between the ages of 1-11 years old.
Your child’s health is a driving priority of being a new parent. You want to help your child to grow up healthy. You also want them to have a healthy smile, and to experience as little discomfort as possible no matter what the experience may be. For these reasons you should consider Brechon Dental for your child.
The entire staff at Brechon Dental will embrace you as family. Being family owned for over two generations, we extend our compassion and caring concerns to all patients of all ages. Located at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008, we enjoy serving the entire community and the surrounding areas. Simply call 815-491-8032 with any dental questions or concerns and schedule your appointment today for a dental examination of your child.
What Does Pediatric Children’s Dentistry Mean to You?
Even though it seems early, it is quite beneficial to get your child into our office around their one-year mark. Even if they are still teething, it is important for us to examine their teeth, and the development of their teeth, gums, and all soft tissues.
Bringing your child to Brechon Dental for six-month check-ups is essential to not only the maintaining of their oral health, but also to help them develop proper oral care habits as they grow.
Even though you feel you are diligent about your child’s at-home oral hygiene, cavities are a common problem with children. The baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth, so therefore they are more susceptible to cavities. All children love their snacks and are not consistent with their brushing habits that remove damaging plaque, resulting in cavities. Cavities require fillings, just like an adult. These may be made with silver, amalgam, or composite fillings.
Checkups and Cleanings
Your child should visit us for routine preventative children’s dentistry services. These include a full checkup and then a proper teeth cleaning. These professional cleanings every six months really help to prevent problems common with children. These children’s dentistry services can prevent your child from developing cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. We will remove plaque and debris from your child’s teeth, just like an adult. We will always conduct a thorough oral exam, to make sure their teeth are erupting properly. When your child is older, we will make sure that the permanent adult teeth are coming in properly.
Oral exams are an important part of children’s dentistry because it allows us to develop a history of your child. If you avoid these simple checkups what might have been a small cavity may end up requiring more severe treatment. Now you have put your child in a difficult position in children’s dentistry as they must deal with discomfort, unknown fears, and anxieties.
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Some Tips to Help Avoid Tooth Decay
As a new parent, taking a few early steps at home can help to prevent tooth decay, even before your child’s first dental visit:
- Your infant’s teeth should be flushed with water or wiped down with a damp cloth after feeding before they go to asleep. By leaving this formula or milk residue in the mouth it can promote decay even in the youngest of children. Untreated cavities will only lead to pain and infection.
- Do your best to wean your child from breastfeeding or bottled milk by their first birthday. By doing so it will help in avoiding decay and minimizes the chance of jaw growth problems from their excessive sucking.
- Begin brushing their teeth as soon as the very first tooth appears. Even the smallest tooth showing can develop a cavity. Start brushing with a soft bristled brush and then ask Brechon Dental when it is ok to begin using a tiny amount of toothpaste.
- When your child is old enough to begin brushing on their own, continue to monitor their efforts, going back to help them clean areas they may have missed. They are known to rush.
- Do not allow any milk or sugary drinks before bedtime.
- Encourage them to use a straw with sugary drinks to allow their teeth to have less contact with the liquid.
- Do your best to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats or drinks.
Searching for A Pediatric Dentist
An important aspect of children’s dentistry is finding the right fit for you and your child. You want to make sure that you find a dental practice that is not only qualified to perform children’s dentistry, but also does so regularly. You also want to make sure the pediatric dentist that you choose is good with your child and is friendly. Visiting the dentist for children’s dentistry services can be difficult for children, so it is important to find an office that can ensure your child’s comfort throughout the experience.
You may decide to go with a pediatric dentist for your child’s children’s dentistry services, but another option is a family dentist. Family dentists, such as Brechon Dental, can treat patients from childhood to well into adulthood. One of the benefits of having a family dentist is your child’s ability to keep the same dentist into their teen and adult years. This way they can continue to visit a dentist that they know and trust.
Our goal is for your child to leave our office knowing that the dentist and our staff are their friends who will help them reach the best oral health possible. We do that by treating each of our young patients with respect, patience, and kindness. All procedures are explained in an age-appropriate manner, and we take the time to answer all their questions. By earning their trust, we help set your child on the path to a lifetime of good oral health!
Finding the right children’s dentist is important. The entire staff at Brechon Dental will provide high-quality dental services for your child, all with a friendly smile.
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Dentistry for You in Belvidere
Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.