Pediatric dentistry, most often called children’s dentistry, is a branch of dentistry that specializes entirely on the oral health care of children. This usually includes children between the ages of 1-11 years old. It may feel early, but it is important to get your child into Padron Dental around their first birthday. Even if they are still teething, it is wise for us to have a look at their teeth, and the development of their teeth.
Children’s Dentistry at Padron Dental in Rockford
Pediatric dentistry, most often called children’s dentistry, is a branch of dentistry that specializes entirely on the oral health care of children. This usually includes children between the ages of 1-11 years old.
It may feel early, but it is important to get your child into Padron Dental around their first birthday. Even if they are still teething, it is wise for us to have a look at their teeth, and the development of their teeth.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping patients of all ages in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment for an examination for your child. We are conveniently located at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.
Your child’s health is extremely important to you. You want your child to grow up healthy, happy, and strong. You also want to make sure that they have a healthy smile, and experience as little discomfort as possible. Because of this, you will want to make sure that they get the absolute best dental care possible. Padron Dental can help you fulfill these goals with your child.
Children’s Dentistry Checkups and Cleanings
Just like adults, children need to visit Padron Dental for routine children’s dentistry services, such as checkups and cleanings. These exams and cleanings should be every six months. These children’s dentistry services will help to prevent cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. As with adults, we will remove plaque and debris from your child’s teeth. We will also give your child an oral exam, to make sure their teeth are coming in properly. When your child is older, we will make sure that their adult teeth are coming in properly.
Oral exams are an important part of children’s dentistry, so it is crucial to make sure that they do not miss any cleanings. What may have been a small cavity could end up requiring more severe repairs, which is an aspect of children’s dentistry that can be difficult for any child to undergo.
Several Tips for Avoiding Tooth Decay
As a parent, we encourage taking some early steps which can help to protect your child against tooth decay, even before their first dental visit:
- Your baby's teeth should be flushed with water or wiped down with a damp cloth after feeding before they fall asleep. Milk or formula residue left on the teeth will promote decay even in the youngest of children. Untreated cavities will eventually lead to pain and infection.
- Do your best to wean your child off breastfeeding or bottled milk by the age of one year. This effort will help avoid decay and reduces the chance of jaw growth problems from excessive sucking.
- Begin brushing as soon as their first tooth appears. Even the smallest piece of tooth showing can develop a cavity. Start by brushing with a soft bristled brush and water and ask us when it is ok to begin using a small amount of toothpaste.
- When your child is old enough to begin brushing on their own, continue to monitor their brushing, going back to clean any areas they may have missed.
- Do not give bottles of sugary drinks or milk before their bedtime.
- Use a straw with sugary beverages to keep the teeth from having contact with the liquid.
- Try to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats and drinks.
Children’s Cavity Repair
Even though you may be diligent about your child’s at-home oral hygiene, cavities are still quite common with children. Realize that your child’s baby teeth are not as strong as their adult teeth, so they are more susceptible to cavities. As with adults, cavities require fillings. These fillings can be made with silver, amalgam, or composite fillings.
Drs. Cassaro & Nguyen
Dr. Cassaro’s education began at Marquette University, where he earned his BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. He continued at Marquette University, attending their Dental School where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Ashley Nguyen is originally from upstate New York. Her first interest in dentistry came from her desire to help others attain a beautiful and healthy smile. This eventually led her to the University at Buffalo where she obtained a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. From there she attended dental school at Midwestern University located near Chicago, IL.
Finding A Pediatric Dentist for Your Child
A major hurdle of children’s dentistry is finding the right dentist for you. You will want to make sure that you find a dentist that is not only qualified to perform children’s dentistry, but also does so often. You also want to make sure the pediatric dentist that you choose is good with children and is friendly. It is important to find a dentist that will ensure your child’s comfort throughout the experience.
While you may choose to go with a pediatric dentist for your child, another option is a family dentist. Family dentists can treat patients from childhood to well into adulthood. One of the advantages of having a family dentist is your child’s ability to keep the same dentist from their childhood and into their teen and adult years. This way they can continue to visit a dentist that they know and trust.
If you choose a family dental practice like Padron Dental, you may want to set an appointment with us for yourself before you set one for your child. This will give you a feel for how our office operates, the quality of the services that we provide and our team’s overall demeanor. We want to make sure that you find a dentist that is perfect for your child.
Finding the right children’s dentist is important. Padron Dental will provide high-quality dental services for your child, all with a friendly smile.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your child’s treatment is not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether your child needs a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten your child’s! You can find us at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment and your child’s scheduled.