Our children’s dentist in Glenview, IL provides treatments to help lower cavity risks in children. We also offer tips to parents and caregivers to keep the child’s teeth healthy between dental checkups.
Cavities in children are common, but with prevention and an excellent oral care routine, your child can have fewer cavities and improved oral health.
Lowering Cavity Risks in Children
The first step is prevention. We recommend at least two dental exams and teeth cleanings every year—the latter when age-appropriate. We can also treat your child’s teeth with dental sealants to further lower cavity risks and fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel.
Your child’s dental exam allows the dentist to spot small or emerging cavities early. And a teeth cleaning rids the teeth and gums of cavity-causing debris and buildup.
We can also provide instructions and tips to help you care for your child’s teeth between dental visits, including proper brushing techniques. Your child’s dentist can even talk to you about nutrition counseling and help your child transition to independent brushing when the time comes. We recommend brushing at least twice daily.
Treating Dental Cavities
A dental cavity is an area of decay on a tooth. Typically, you cannot see a dental cavity with the naked eye, which is why regular dental checkups are so important.
If your child’s dentist in Glenview, IL diagnosis a cavity, we treat it with a dental filling.
First, we numb the treatment location, clear away the decay, and close the tooth with a dental filling. We can use a tooth-colored filling so as not to detract from your child’s smile.
Following the dental filling, we recommend your child not chew any food until the anesthesia has worn off completely. Your dentist may provide more specific aftercare instructions when necessary.