At All Star Dental, we recommend bringing your child to the dentist starting around the age of six months for their first pediatric dental cleaning appointment. Studies show that poor oral health care in young children can lead to speech problems, poor performance in school and even an inability to socialize successfully with other children. Besides treating your child’s teeth, our children’s dentists will also give you advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene for your child between visits.
In younger children, our focus is on maintaining their baby teeth until they naturally fall out in favor of their permanent teeth. However, as the child becomes an adolescent and begins developing appearance and self-image issues, our focus expands to meet these additional cosmetic needs as well. We take pride in being Chicago’s best kids pediatric dentistry office. We accept Medicaid for children’s dentistry and all pediatric dentistry services.
At All Star Dental, we want children to look forward to their dental visits, so every one of our offices has been designed to make children feel relaxed and comfortable, with a variety of fun activities available. Probably the highlight of every child’s visit is the elaborate play areas we have in every one of our pediatric dental offices. These are fun places where children can play alone on a variety of video games, or join in groups and have fun together. Our play areas and fun wall art are a great way to take their minds off the actual dental work. All Star Dental gives children a very unthreatening environment, making our offices fun, inviting places for them.
We understand how potentially scary it is for children to undergo dental treatments, so we have a standing rule that a parent is always welcome to accompany their children in our treatment rooms. We have very caring children’s dentists, and it’s a common sight to see our youngest patients actually sitting in their mothers’ laps in our dental chairs.
We begin seeing children as young as 6 months old for children’s dental care. We believe it’s important to give each child a good head start in developing healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Plus we also help educate their parents in proper oral health care practices at home, such as advising them not to let their children fall asleep with a milk or juice bottle, how to use a pacifier properly, how to handle thumb-sucking, and more. Come see All Star Dental for all pediatric dentistry services.
List of Dental Procedures:
- Dental Cleaning & Exams
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Root Canal
- Gum Disease Treatment
- Tooth Extraction
- Children’s Play Areas in All Offices
- Parents Welcome in Treatment Rooms
- Treating Children as Young as 6 Months Old
Frequently Asked Questions About Children’s Dentistry
The general rule of thumb is to bring your child in for their first dental visit before their first birthday. But more concisely, as soon as your child teeth you should consider going to a dentist. A family dentist can provide valuable insight into your child’s oral health and answer any questions you might have about how to best take care of their teeth.
Special toothbrushes are made for infants that have soft bristles and smaller heads. Brushing at least once a day is recommended as soon as teeth erupt through the gum line to help prevent the growth of bacteria or plaque.
Every dentist recommends that people of all ages see their dentist twice per year. This is especially true for children. Because their teeth are developing and there is an increased risk of tooth decay, children should be seeing a dentist twice a year and receiving dental x-rays yearly to help ensure that their teeth are taken care of.
Different dental offices may have different approaches to a bi-yearly check-up but most offices follow the same general list of procedures. You or your child will meet with a dental hygenist who uses specialized tools to scrape off plaque and tartar that has built up since your last visit. They will also demonstrate proper brushing and flossing and provide a full teeth cleaning. Some dentists provide fluoride treatment as well as routine dental x-rays in order to protect and track the health of your child’s teeth. Additionally, your child will meet with a dentist for a dental exam to see if there are any potential issues with their teeth and gums including signs of decay.
In the event of a tooth getting knocked out, broken, or chipped you should immediately call a dentist and set up an emergency appointment. If a took is knocked out, make sure to pick it up by the crown (the area of the tooth with the chewing surface) and not by the root (the area of the tooth that is usually under the gum). You can rinse the tooth with cool water and then have your child hold the tooth in their mouth. If you get to a dental office quickly you may be able to have the tooth successfully re-implanted.
Mouthguards can protect your child from a dental emergency included a knocked-out tooth or a chipped tooth. Mouth guards are often recommended for any student-athletes participating in sports that could potentially lead to an oral injury like football, lacrosse, or soccer. Generally, mouth guards aren’t recommended for students who are simply taking a physical education class.
If your child has a toothache there are a few things you can do. If the pain is severe, consider making a dental appointment right away. In the meantime, an ice pack or over-the-counter pain medication (designed for children) can be used to help treat the pain. However, if the pain is not severe, have your child brush/floss and rinse out their mouth with water. Sometimes food stuck between teeth can cause some pain. But if the pain doesn’t go away, you should have your child see a dentist.