Friendly, Personalized Children’s Dentistry in Chicago, IL
When it comes to the oral health and happiness of your littlest loved ones, there’s no one better than a pediatric dentist to provide them with the highly experienced and kind attention they need to smile brightly – and our practice has four! As moms themselves, Dr. Kristin and Dr. Reena have a lot of experience with managing children, and together with Dr. Ashlee and Dr. Michael, they’ve developed a capable environment that can handle all of your son or daughter’s personal dental needs over the years. Please contact Growing Smiles here in Chicago, IL today to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions for our team.
Your Child’s First Visit
In most cases, we recommend that children are brought in for their very first visit to the dentist’s office by the time they turn one year old, or within six months of when their first baby tooth erupting from the gums. If parents notice any concerning issues, they may need to visit us at an even earlier time. Although it seems early, it’s encouraged to familiarize your son or daughter with our practice and team members as early as possible in their lives. This will help them feel more comfortable and reduce the possibility of dental-related anxiety as they grow older.
Our doctors will always personalize their approach to match your child’s age and level of emotional maturity. During their first check-up, we will gently inspect their existing teeth and keep a close eye out for any signs of developmental concerns. We will incorporate cleanings as well to remove decay-causing plaque and provide a protective fluoride treatment. We will also discuss oral hygiene with parents and any potential problems as they arise, including early baby tooth loss and orthodontic intervention.
How can I prepare my child for their first dental appointment?
- If they have an older sibling, bring them along to their next check-up! Your child can see the office, meet our team, and feel at ease as they watch a loved one go through the process.
- If your child is old enough, ask them to play “dentist” with you. Look inside their mouth with a little light, and then have them do the same to you. Praise them for doing a good job!
- Always use positive language when discussing their upcoming dental appointment, and show off lots of smiles! Children are likely to reflect the attitude that their parent shows.
- Does your child have a favorite toy or blanket that gives them comfort? Bring it along to help them feel more relaxed.
Above all else, our goal is to monitor and preserve your child’s dental health throughout the years, forming a trusting and friendly relationship with both them and you (the parent) that provides plenty of new reasons to smile!
Special Needs Care
At Growing Smiles, we love treating all children, and those with special cognitive, physical, developmental, or behavioral needs are always warmly welcomed. Our experienced doctors and patient staff members will take the time to understand your son or daughter’s unique condition and accommodate them however we can with understanding, kindness, and gentle treatment.
If your child is unable to sit still or hold their mouth open for a prolonged period of time due to their condition, don’t worry. Nitrous Oxide and hospital anesthesia are available if needed to help them receive the oral healthcare they need in a calm and controlled environment where they’re safe.