Pediatric Dentistry in Shorewood and Ottawa, IL
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist for the first time within one year of birth or after their first tooth erupts; thereafter, regular exams should take place 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.
Visiting a dentist for the first time can be a scary experience for a child. But not at Faber Dental Arts! We make certain your child’s first visit is as positive, comforting, and fun as possible with our gentle and reassuring pediatric dental care. Whether your child needs an exam, a cleaning, treatment, or urgent care, our dentists and supporting staff go the extra mile to make your child feels safe and can enjoy his or her visit by providing a warm and friendly atmosphere, combined with sensitive care.
Babies may start getting their first teeth at as early as six months of age. Some infants experience discomfort as their teeth begin to come in and break through their gums. 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. Also, teething may cause excess drooling which, in turn, can lead to a chin rash. Your baby may also lose his or her appetite. Some babies may even rub their cheeks or ears.
Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for babies. They often suck on their thumb, pacifier, or other objects as a way 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. Sucking on a pacifier or other objects for a prolonged period can cause similar problems.
A malocclusion is a dental term for a bite problem. Everyone has some degree of malocclusion. Ideally, your upper and lower teeth should fit together to 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 can occur for various reasons, including plaque formation, the foods you eat, the use of fluoride, poor oral hygiene, heredity, and certain medical conditions.
Mouth guards are protective coverings worn over the teeth that can provide protection to a child’s mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums during contact or impact sports. There are several types of mouth guards, and we can help you choose the most appropriate one for your child.
For great oral health and pediatric dentistry, call Faber Dental Arts. Our staff looks forward to answering your questions and scheduling an appointment in our offices located in Shorewood and Ottawa, Illinois.
Contact Our Kids' Dentists at Faber Dental Arts
Call us at (815) 725-8170 in Shorewood or (815) 433-1242 in Ottawa. You can also request an appointment online.