What happens at the Dental Exam?
During your child’s exam we will review their health history, clean your child’s teeth (if any are present), take any necessary x-rays, as well as conduct a thorough examination of their mouth, including palate, gums, tongue and teeth. We will then talk to them about good food choices and teach them how to brush and floss their teeth. Preventative dentistry is the best dentistry we can offer!
Are dental x-rays safe for my child?
With the modern technology we use in our offices, as well as strict safeguards, the radiation received during dental X-rays is very minor. We use digital x-rays, which lowers radiation, as well as use lead body aprons to shield and protect your child. Today’s equipment allows us to filter out unnecessary x-rays. Shielding ensures that your child will receive a minimal amount of radiation exposure. Remember, dental x-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem!
My child needs a bottle to sleep at night. What can I do?
If your baby must take a bottle at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep with water in the bottle, gradually dilute the milk or juice with water over a period of 2-3 weeks until your child becomes accustomed to only water at bedtime. After your child’s nighttime feeding (including breastfeeding), brush or wipe their gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. Try to do while sitting down- Place your child’s head in your lap or lay your child on a changing table or floor. Whatever position you choose, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily and clean all of their teeth and gums.
When will my child loose their baby (primary) teeth?
We want to keep your child’s primary teeth as healthy as we can. They may have some of those primary teeth until he or she is a teenager! This easy to follow chart shows the approximate ages for tooth eruption and permanent replacement.
Why are baby teeth important, they will be replaced?
Neglected primary teeth frequently cause problems that affect developing permanent teeth and can create a lifetime of dental issues. It is vital to maintain the health of their primary or baby teeth to provide a good foundation of oral health for your child. Primary teeth are essential for proper chewing: they are the first steps in the digestive system. Primary teeth also affect speech development. They provide the space for permanent teeth and encourage normal development of the surrounding muscles and jaw. Unhealthy teeth can lead to issues that affect one’s confidence, such as poor self-esteem, which can prevent a child from reaching their full potential.
The Naperville & Shorewood Pediatric Dentists at Innovative Pediatric Dentistry answer your Dental FAQs. We provide care for the Chicago, Illinois metro area including Aurora, Batavia, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Hindsdale, Joliet, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport, Minooka, Naperville, Oak Brook, Ottawa, Plainfield, Shorewood, Spring Valley, St Charles, Western Springs, Wheaton, and Woodridge areas.