Preventive Dentistry Protect Their Smile in Hinsdale, IL
Keeping your kid’s teeth strong and healthy is as important to us as it is to you. With that in mind, Brush Pediatric Dentistry; promotes prevention—both at home and in our office—as a priority! We do our best to prevent cavities and strengthen young teeth to set the stage for lifelong healthy smiles. Dr. Mira Albert, Dr. Lynna Gripentrog, Dr. Andreina Ramones and our specialized team will teach your children how to effectively brush and floss, and when necessary, recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants.
Healthy Choices for Healthy Smiles
When it comes to your little one’s oral health, it’s not only what, it’s how often they snack that can be a problem. Grazing on treats and drinks throughout the day is the enemy. Children tend to like sweeter and high carbohydrate foods, and unfortunately, these types of foods can do a number on their teeth. They fuel the bacteria in plaque that leads to tooth decay and cavities! Try to limit their consumption of sugary foods like sodas, juices, candies, and cookies to just every once in awhile. If they’re thirsty, the best option is always water. When they get hungry during the day between meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese sticks or nuts make for excellent snacks. By helping them form these healthy habits early, you’ll be doing a tremendous good for both their oral and overall health. Try to avoid occupying your child with snacks.
Effective Brushing and Flossing Habits
The best way to keep your child’s teeth healthy is with consistent brushing and flossing. Setting good habits at a young age makes all the difference. Of course, many parents know that’s easier said than done. Our team will partner with you and your child to help teach them the proper ways to take care of their teeth at home. We’ll make it fun and educational for them in the office, and we’ll send you home with a few tricks as well. Generally, we advise that you help your child brush their teeth through age 7. We realize that it can be tough, but the time invested will be more than worth it because it could save them from having to get dental problems fixed in the future. If you ever have any issues getting them to brush consistently, be sure to call us! We’re always willing to help.
Cavities – Teeth’s Worst Enemy
Cavities are the boogeymen of teeth. Like a terrible ear infection, they can cause painful toothaches and make life generally unpleasant for your child. At Brush Pediatric Dentistry, we’ll always go above and beyond to help protect your child’s smile.
Two ways we can do this are with dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants involve applying a thin layer of a clear composite resin to the biting surfaces of your children’s back teeth in order to protect them from bacteria and food particles. They’re most often applied to the back teeth, and it’s a great way to give your child a little extra help while they are still learning to brush.
A fluoride treatment involves them gently rinsing their mouth with a fluoride solution, and it will help restore the minerals that make their teeth strong and durable. This is why fluoride is often included in toothpastes as well as public (but not bottled) water. Be sure to ask about these treatments at your child’s next appointment!
Protect Their Pretty Smiles on the Field
We all enjoy watching our children participate in sports, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful at times! Sports are one of the most common places people injure their teeth, and that’s especially true for children.
To protect their pretty smile on the field/court, we recommend that they should always wear a mouthguard. This will provide a layer of cushion for their teeth, lips, and gums should they come into contact with anything. Also, mouthguards have been shown to reduce the risk of concussions. We can provide your child with a custom-made mouthguard so they can be comfortable, protected, and keep their mind on the game/match.
The American Dental Association suggests that children should always wear mouthguards when participating in:
If you notice that your child is constantly tired despite sleeping enough during the day and at night, then they may be suffering from some type of sleep issue. This could stem from large tonsils, adenoids, or many other reasons. During their regular checkup, we’ll evaluate the airway, and any other factors that might be preventing them from getting fully rested. If we find something, we’ll let you know exactly what to do next.
Two very common questions parents have are, “When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time? and, “What will their first visit be like?” Even the smallest babies can experience dental problems, so it’s important to start getting them the proper care early. By giving them a dental home at an early age, you’ll help them establish a positive connection to taking care of their teeth which will keep their smile healthy throughout their entire life. To get our answers to the questions above, simply click on the link below.
Special Needs Dental Care
Children with developmental or physical special needs sometimes require a little extra TLC. At Brush Pediatric Dentistry, our entire team is trained to accommodate these special patients and we go to great lengths to adapt to what makes them most comfortable in the dental environment. We can even provide sedation for those patients who may feel nervous or have trouble tolerating their visits. Simply give us a call, and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your child's needs and make arrangements that give us our best chance at success!
Accidents can always happen, but that doesn’t make them any less stressful, especially when it concerns your child’s teeth. When your little one is crying and bleeding, it can be tough to think clearly, but don’t worry! We can take care of them in their time of need. If your child suddenly injures their teeth or gums, be sure to call us first, and we’ll do everything we can to see them as soon as possible. If your child has lost consciousness or you feel you need immediate attention you should call 911 and proceed to your nearest Emergency Room.
Dental fear and anxiety is a big problem for many adults, let alone children. We understand the dental office can be a scary place for your little one, and one of the ways we can help that is by using sedation dentistry. These techniques allow us to calm your child down so they can have a relaxed and positive dental experience. Sedation dentistry is also an option to treat children with special needs.
Parents understand that we need to take x-rays to see beyond the surface of their children’s teeth to catch hidden problems. Some parents read and hear misinformation that scares them about dental x-rays and the amount of radiation actually given which can cause unnecessary fear. Thanks to digital x-rays, and our state of the art equipment, we can instantly create high-definition images that reduce your child’s radiation exposure by more than 90%. They allow us to treat them better and keep them safer. This makes us happy too because we’re actually around x-rays all day!