Quality Pediatric Dentistry in O'Fallon
About Our Dental Offices
At Associated Pediatric Dentistry, you will find a team of pediatric dentists who focus on preventing, detecting, and treating pediatric dental diseases. We offer comprehensive examinations, routine dental care, preventive care, emergency services, and special needs dentistry to all patients in Southern Illinois.
After graduating from dental school, our dentists have undergone an additional two years of residency training, giving them the extra training to get better acquainted with treating infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. Compassionate care combined with exceptional experience in detecting and diagnosing dental issues commonly found in children ensures your child’s experience at our dental offices in Belleville, Glen Carbon, Mount Vernon and O’Fallon, IL, is positive and memorable (for all the best reasons!).
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Young patients have unique dental issues that can develop in the jaw, gums, and teeth as they grow and develop. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to diagnose and treat dental problems in infants, children, and teenagers.
They can provide services that include:
- Oral health exams
- Teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Diagnosis and early treatment to straighten teeth or correct an improper bite
- Cavity removal
- Repair for dental injuries like fractured, displaced teeth
- Gum disease management to prevent pediatric periodontal disease
- Early detection of oral health conditions resulting from diabetes, asthma, hay fever, and ADHD
The dentists at Associated Pediatric Dentistry in O’Fallon, Illinois, are a specific group of dental professionals who want to treat and prevent tooth decay, cavities, and more and promote positive and healthy oral habits for years to come.
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!