Arbor Dental Group
Neal H. Acharya, DDS
General Dentistry located in Buffalo Grove, IL
From early childhood through late adolescence, kids have unique dental and oral health needs at each stage of development. To help young patients build a strong foundation for oral health that lasts for the rest of their lives, Neal Acharya, DDS, and the experienced team at Arbor Dental Group offer comprehensive care for children of all ages in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. To schedule your child’s next visit, call their Buffalo Grove, Illinois, office or book online today.
What’s pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry covers all the general, preventive, and specialty dental services designed to meet children’s changing oral health needs as they grow and develop. The team at Arbor Dental Group offers comprehensive care for kids of all ages, including:
- Regular cleanings and exams
- Fluoride treatments and sealants
- Cavity prevention and fillings
- Chronic gingivitis management
- Early orthodontic assessment
- Mouthguards for young athletes
The pediatric specialists at Arbor Dental Care also provide detailed advice on how to help your child cut back on sugary foods and beverages, improve their oral hygiene routine, and curtail undesirable habits like thumb-sucking, chewing on ice, or brushing too hard.
Why should my child have regular dental cleanings?
Just like adult teeth, your child’s baby teeth are susceptible to the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar, all of which can lead to dental decay, cavities, infection, and pain.
Even though your child’s primary teeth are only meant to last for a few short years, they act as placeholders for their permanent teeth and play an important role in how they emerge.
Besides making it harder for your child to eat, decayed primary teeth can lead to the formation of pre-decay in the adult teeth that are still developing just below their gums.
Regular dental cleanings and exams help ensure that your child’s teeth develop as few cavities as possible and that any cavities that do emerge are resolved quickly. Routine dental care also helps your child establish excellent oral health habits that will last a lifetime.
What are the benefits of sealants?
Thin, strong, and invisible, dental sealants are made of impenetrable medical-grade plastic that effectively locks out sugar, bacteria, and plaque to protect your child’s teeth. When applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars, sealants form a long-lasting barrier that helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Most children get their first sealants around the age of six, when their first molars erupt. They receive their next sealant application around the age of 12, after their second set of molars comes in.
What if dental care makes my child nervous?
Just as many adults experience some degree of anxiety about receiving dental care, going to the dentist can be stressful for children, especially when they’re little.
As practitioners who are dedicated to providing gentle, comfortable care to all young patients, the pediatric experts at Arbor Dental Group always take time to explain each step of treatment using age-appropriate words and concepts. They also use special tools and equipment that’s designed to fit comfortably in smaller mouths.
To learn more about the pediatric dental services offered at Arbor Dental Group, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.