Dentistry for Children
DENTIST IN HOMEWOOD, IL
We will review your child’s health history and examine his or her mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. Regular professional dental cleanings at our dental office are essential for a healthy and beautiful smile. During your child’s dental cleaning, we will gently remove any buildup of plaque or tarter, and instruct them on proper brushing and flossing.
Topical fluoride will be applied to your child’s teeth to strengthen enamel and make them more resistant to tooth decay. We use the latest and most effective techniques for applying fluoride.
Sealants protect against tooth decay and cavities on your child’s molars and premolars. Molars and premolars are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomical grooves on the chewing surfaces. Sealants are applied to these grooves and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. They prevent food, plaque and acid from damaging these areas. Sealants only protect the chewing surface, so it is essential to continue to floss.
Space maintainers are needed if your child loses a tooth early or has a baby tooth extracted due to dental decay. A space maintainer is designed to hold the remaining teeth in a position that will allow the future permanent tooth to erupt in the proper location. If a space maintainer is not placed, the teeth will shift into the open areas, making it difficult for the permanent tooth to erupt.
It is important to teach your child how to brush and floss their teeth. If you have any question or concerns regarding your child’s dental care, do not hesitate to contact us at our Homewood dental office.