Pediatric Dentist Specialist

Glenwood Dental Care

General Dentists located in Glendale Heights, IL

From five-year-olds who still have baby teeth to pre-teens in need of fillings, pediatric dentistry is a passion for Glenwood Dental Care. Based in Glendale Heights, Illinois, the compassionate team brings experience and a friendly bedside manner to even the youngest of their patients. Call or make an appointment for your child online.

Pediatric Dentist Q & A

Glenwood Dental Care

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist specializes in providing comprehensive primary oral care and treatment to infants, children, and adolescents. In addition to offering a kid-friendly environment, Glenwood Dental Care’s dentists and hygienists are experienced at putting children at ease, whether they are receiving a routine cleaning or having a cavity filled.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their teeth cleaned and examined by a dentist every six months.

What are the most important services a pediatric dentist provides?

A pediatric dentist provides thorough cleanings and exams to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. A pediatric dentist also assesses your child’s teeth alignment to determine if there is enough room for the arrival of permanent teeth.

Glenwood Dental Care provides several crucial preventive services to further ensure optimum dental health of their youngest patients. These include digital X-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and custom mouthguards for athletes.

How can I maintain my child’s oral health care at home?

The expert dentists at Glenwood Dental Care offers parents the following tips for maintaining their child’s oral health:

Brushing teeth

Make it a game, brush along with your child, or do whatever else it takes to make sure your child brushes for two minutes twice a day and flosses daily.  

Thumb-sucking and pacifiers

Babies suck for comfort, which is totally natural and won’t harm their oral health. However, for toddlers, thumb-sucking or continued pacifier use can cause issues with tooth growth and teeth alignment.

Teething

Teething pain can be alleviated by gently rubbing your baby’s gums with either a clean finger, cool small metal spoon, or wet gauze. A teething ring may help as well.

A balanced diet

Good nutrition is crucial for proper bone, gum, and teeth development. Encourage your child to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean sources of protein (meat, poultry, fish, and eggs), and dairy products. Also be sure to limit sugars and starches, which promote tooth decay.

For compassionate dental care for your little one, call Glenwood Dental Care or book an appointment using the convenient online tool.