A pediatric dentist in Glenview is a specialist who has had two additional years of post-graduate training beyond dental school.
Pediatric dentists diagnose dental problems in infants, toddlers, adolescents and teens, and although Dr. Gilmor is not a pediatric dentist, he enjoys treating and seeing kids while being trained in providing basic dental care for children. If a special case is encountered with your son or daughter, Glen Dental Center will refer your child to a pediatric dentist in Glenview or the surrounding areas in Illinois.
There are several advantages of having a family dentist. Not only is it convenient, as the entire family can schedule regular checkups around the same time, but over the years, you and your family will create a bond with your family dentist building a level of trust and comfort that is unsurpassed.
Many parents have had bad dental experiences in the past, which could affect how a child feels about the dentist. The Glen Dental Center in Glenview is out to change that mentality making it fun to visit the dentist.
Dr. Gilmor encourages parents to schedule routine dental visits around the age of three. Putting off a dentist until an emergency occurs will only make it more traumatic if it is the first time your child has been to the dentist.
During your child’s visit to Glen Dental Center in Glenview, your child will watch cartoons during the treatment. Glen Dental Center also incorporates videos into the dental appointment that teach kids how to brush correctly. The dinosaur flosser is a huge hit as is the balloon after the dental appointment.
Pediatric Dentistry Tips for Parents
- As soon as the teeth have erupted in your child’s mouth, begin cleaning them with a damp cloth. When they have completely come in, you can use a soft toothbrush.
- Gentle dentistry is important for kids. Find a dentist that will take it slow and make things as gentle and fun as possible.
- Be a good example. Let them watch you brush your teeth and then brush their teeth for them until they are ready to do it on their own.
- Around three years of age, you can introduce flossing. Floss between each molar so they get use to it. Although, it won’t likely be until around the age of eight where they will successfully be able to floss on their own.
- Be proactive and don’t wait until it is too late. The last thing we want is for a dental emergency to be your child’s first exposure to the dentist. When this happens, they will likely associate going to the dentist with pain. Positive and routine dental checkups will pave the way for healthy dental habits in the future.