Children’s Dentist in Mundelein
At Michael Roessler DDS, Dr. Roessler provides care for children with dentistry needs. Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent care and good hygiene habits in children who visit the office. Dr. Roessler is a professional pediatric dentist who received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois.
Dentist visits are important for children who are even younger than the age of two. There is research showing that this can lead to less decay, as well as visits to the hospital or emergency room. Everything possible is done to ensure your child has a beautiful smile their entire life.
Oral Health for Infants
Many suggest that you set up your child’s first dental visit before the age of one or no later than six months after their first tooth comes in. Early examinations can provide a higher possibility of preventing any future dental issues. Having healthy baby teeth will allow the child to learn to speak clearly, chew food easily, and show off that beaming smile you love.
At a first appointment, Dr. Roessler will examine your child’s mouth to make sure the gums and teeth are developing as they should be. He will also make sure you understand proper dental hygiene, dental trauma, pacifier habits, and fluoride supplementation. This will be the visit that sets your child up for a life of excellent dental health.
Preparing for a First Dental Visit
When you speak to your child about the upcoming dentist visit, frame it in a positive way. You can assure them that Dr. Roessler will be friendly and gentle. You can also convey a positive feeling by explaining that going to the dentist means growing up into a big girl or boy.
From there, the staff at Michael Roessler DDS will do the rest. The child will have procedures explained beforehand and every effort will be made to make the experience a fun one for the child.
Can a Parent Accompany the Child into the Treatment Room?
The short answer to this question is a resounding yes. With younger children, it’s often less scary for them if you are there beside them. However, some children do better without a parent there as they might listen more intently to the dentist. Either is completely acceptable depending on the needs of the child.
If your child is having a treatment done, it may be easier to hold the child’s attention if you visit the treatment room with them but then go back to the reception area afterward. Any problems will immediately be explained to you, but this is often not a concern that comes up.
Common Children’s Dentistry Procedures
There are many different procedures that are a part of pediatric dentistry. A few of these include X-rays, cleanings, tooth colored fillings, fluoride treatments, and early orthodontic care. Many of the same procedures that you yourself can expect from a dentist are offered for children as well. We’ll offer more information about some of these common procedures below, so you know what to expect.
X-rays are a common procedure that can actually be needed more often with children than with adults. This is because their mouths and teeth grow and change more quickly than those of an adult. X-rays are needed more often for children who have a high risk of tooth decay. Those who do not will need less frequent X-rays.
For a child who comes in for a dental cleaning, someone will review the medical history of your child with you. Following this, an exam will be undertaken. Your child’s mouth will then be cleaned of plaque and calculus, substances that can lead to gum disease and cavities. Once the cleaning is done, your child’s teeth will be coated with fluoride which helps protect the teeth.
Another common procedure in children’s dentistry is the application of composite resin fillings. These are fillings that are the same color as a natural tooth so as to be less noticeable by others. This type of filling may be used for decay or to repair a cracked tooth. The shade of the filling is going to be matched with the shade of your child’s tooth as closely as possible.
When your child is not receiving the proper level of fluoride, it can cause cavities. If this is an issue with your child, Dr. Roessler can determine what amount of fluoride is best for them. This is individual, and a balance has to be carefully weighed. Too much fluoride can cause problems just as too little does.
You may think of orthodontic care as something that is not needed in children, but this isn’t true. When a dentist is aware of crooked or crowded teeth, they can do things to intervene and help guide teeth where they should be. Doing this when a child is young may preclude the need for more advanced treatment later in life.
What to Do After a Dental Accident
If your child has an accident that results in dental trauma, it is important to get assistance as soon as possible. In many cases, if you call and explain the situation, we can get the child in quickly.
When your child has permanent teeth, the first minutes after the accident are the most critical. If a tooth is removed from the mouth, it is important not to scrub the tooth under water. If possible, the tooth should be placed back in the socket.
If replacement is not possible, you can place the tooth in a clean wet washcloth or a glass of milk. However, you still need to visit the office at Michael Roessler DDS as soon as possible.
Visit Our Office with Your Children
If you are seeking a pediatric or children’s dentist, the staff at Michael Roessler DDS would love to help. You can contact us through our website or give us a call at 847-566-9330.