Pediatric Dentistry in Shorewood and Ottawa, IL
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist for the first time within six months of birth, no later than age one, with regular exams every six months as they grow. This not only allows the dentist to examine their teeth and gums, but helps to ensure a lifetime of good oral health habits. At Faber Dental Arts, we enjoy treating patients of all ages, but our youngest patients are the most fun!
From infants to adolescents, we perform early childhood exams and educate children and parents on good oral health. Our kid-friendly dentists will take the time to help your child feel at ease, and even let them choose their own free toothbrush to take home! It is never too early to create a healthy smile for life.
Babies may start getting their first teeth as early as six months old. Some babies may experience discomfort as the teeth begin to come in and break through the gum. Each baby reacts to teething in a different way.
Your baby may become fussier or irritable and have a difficult time sleeping because of pain. Teething can cause excess drooling which may lead to a chin rash. Your baby may lose his or her appetite. Some babies may rub their cheeks or ears.
Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for babies. They may suck on their thumb, pacifier, or other objects to relax, induce sleep, explore their world, or for security. Children usually stop thumb sucking between the ages of two and four years old.
Thumb sucking can influence jaw formation, alter bite patterns, and cause the front teeth to come in crooked. Prolonged sucking on a pacifier or other objects can cause the same problems.
A malocclusion is a dental term for a bite problem. Everyone has some degree of malocclusion. Ideally, your top and bottom set of teeth should fit together and form an accurate bite. Your top teeth should fit slightly over your bottom teeth, and all of your teeth should line up. Your teeth should be straight and equally spaced.
Cavities are caused by tooth decay, and are more common among children than adults. Tooth decay occurs for several reasons, including plaque formation, what you eat, the use of fluoride, how well you care for your teeth, heredity, and certain medical conditions.
Dental implants can provide long-lasting comfort and a beautiful smile for those who have cracked, missing, or crooked teeth, ill-fitting dentures, or other serious oral health conditions. Ask one of our doctors to recommend which dental implants are best for you! Visit our Smile Gallery to see a few examples of the beautiful results created at Faber Dental Arts.
For an appointment, call us in Shorewood, IL at (815) 725-8170 or Ottawa, IL (815) 433-1242 today!