Trusted Pediatric Dental Care in Mount Vernon
About Our Dental Offices
Our newest location in Mount Vernon will offer comprehensive dental examinations, routine cleanings, emergency services and more from our highly-skilled team of pediatric dentists. Patient-focused, we provide custom dental treatment plans unique to your child and specialize in working with special needs children.
A trusted provider in the Metro East for generations, our team has been serving our Southern Illinois community for over 40 years with a dedication to excellence. Our dentists complete an additional two years of residency training after dental school, equipping them with the experience and skills necessary to provide quality dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. For happy, healthy smiles, visit one of our Associated Pediatric Dentistry locations in Mount Vernon, Belleville, Glen Carbon, or O’Fallon, Illinois.
The Importance of Pediatric Dental Care
At Associated Pediatric Dental, we understand the importance of oral health as soon as that first baby tooth grows in. Baby teeth pave the way for your child’s permanent teeth. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely to decay or trauma, it can negatively impact the growth and alignment of the incoming permanent tooth. Strong, healthy baby teeth are an important piece of the development and growth of your child, and along with regular dental cleanings, we can help ensure your child knows healthy habits to promote positive, proper oral hygiene as they mature.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that every child should visit a dentist by age one – or as soon as the first tooth appears. Pediatric dental care not only promotes positive, healthy habits from the start but can also help lower dental costs in your child’s future. Children who begin regular dental checkups see healthier teeth and gums. Early checkups help prevent tooth decay, cavities, and other dental issues.
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to diagnose and treat dental problems in infants, children, and teenagers.
When asked whether or not parents should be in the room with their child during a dental visit, we like to say it depends on the patient’s unique situation. Our goal at Associated Pediatric Dentistry is to work with parents, so we are on the same team with the same mission to improve our patients’ oral health. We are incredibly open to communication to make sure we’re on a unified front, which will make your child’s experience a positive one. We recommend talking with your Associated Pediatric Dentistry team at one of our locations – O’Fallon, Belleville, or Glen Carbon, Illinois – to discuss your child’s visit, what you are comfortable with and what is best for your child during their visit.
Children should visit the dentist at least once every six months. Regular 6-month checkups allow our pediatric dentists to determine the effectiveness of your child’s brushing and can identify cavities. Regular checkups also allow for dental care performed by the pediatric dentist, including cleanings, fluoride treatment, dental exam, and x-ray. Regular checkups that yield healthy results display the effectiveness of consistent dental visits and show that regular cleaning, fluoride treatment, and more are working to keep your child’s smile healthy and bright!