Pediatric Dentists - Your Child's Dental Care Specialist

Pediatric dentists are specialized in dealing with dental problems of children of all ages. Drs. Kristin Elliot and Dr. Reena Shah are pediatric dental specialists, providing safe dentistry to help your child create an early foundation for strong dental health.
- Growing Smiles Chicago, November 21st, 2011

Published November 21st, 2011

Pediatric Dentists - Your Child's Dental Care Specialist A pediatric dentist caters to the oral healthcare needs of children from birth through adolescence. Dentistry for children needs skill, specialization, sensitivity to deal with children’s emotional needs which is best offered by pediatric dentists. Pediatric dentists in Chicago are trained in child psychology and management and different communication styles which emphasize on making dental visits enjoyable. You should consult a pediatric dentist periodically, to ensure that any dental problem can be diagnosed and treated at an early stage. This can prevent any serious dental issues at a later stage and save your child from suffering unnecessary pain. It is generally agreed by most pediatric dentists, that regular dental care should begin by one year of age, with dental checkups at least twice a year, for most children. Some children with a history of dental problems will require more visits to a pediatric dentist. In fact, child dental care begins right from the time an infant is born. It is important to clean an infant's mouth with gauze, after feedings and at bedtime. Many children are also given fluoride supplements, in consultation with a pediatric dentist. Once the first tooth begins to appear, the child should be taken to a pediatric dentist for examination. A pediatric dentist will advise you on the time for your child to start brushing. Taking good care of primary teeth is very important because they help the children chew properly and therefore maintain good nutrition and also play a role in speech development. Primary teeth hold the space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. If a baby tooth decays and is removed, the space is lost and can be increased through orthodontic treatment. A pediatric dentist is well qualified and experienced to handle these cases. You should be careful in selecting your child’s dentist. Watch your child's reactions during a meeting with a dentist, and check to see that the dentist makes an effort to communicate with him. Also see if there is a hygienist who will offer additional support during treatment. These gestures may seem small, but if they reassure your child, a lifetime of good dental care habits could be established for your child. Growing Smiles Chicago is a leading Pediatric Dental Clinic in Chicago, IL helping your child to create an early foundation for strong dental health. They provide detailed information on low cost pediatric dental sedation, baby tooth decay, dental sealants, thumb sucking, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling and more. They also are specialized in all aspects of the pediatric restorative techniques and modalities. If your child is facing a dental problem, visit today and schedule your child's dental checkup!

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Dr. Kristin, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is originally from Watseka, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in three years before moving to Chicago. Dr. Kristin received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and started Growing Smiles pediatric dental clinic to help when your children’s are in need of medical emergencies.

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