Pediatric Dentistry Overview

One of the cutest pictures your child will take is the one with that full, beautiful smile with that gaping hole where his or her missing first tooth should be. It serves as a reminder that that first set of baby teeth won’t last forever. However, the doctors and staff at DuPage Pediatric Dentistry (DPD Smiles) believe it’s as important to take care of those first teeth as it will be to take care of the permanent ones that follow. We want to take care of our littlest Glen Ellyn area patients’ teeth now so that they will reap the benefits of positive oral health well into their adult lives.


 Kids developing jaws and teeth.

Your baby teeth have some very important jobs. For starters, they are the primary means for you to bite, chew and speak throughout your childhood. They are also the guides for the permanent adult teeth holding the space for your “grown-up” teeth to take their place. The tops of the permanent teeth actually push against the roots of the baby teeth causing them to melt away. At DPD Smiles, we want to make sure those baby teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally, in their own time. 

Caring For Your Child's Baby Teeth 

 Kids mouth anatomy.

As early as three months, you’ll start to see the first of your child’s 20 baby teeth appear. The two lower front teeth usually come in first and then the two upper teeth. The first molars are next, followed by the canines (eye teeth). All teeth are usually in by the time your baby turns nine months old, though it sometimes can be as late as 12 months. If your baby experiences some soreness as these teeth erupt, give our Glen Ellyn office a call for help.

Our experts recommend that you gently wipe your baby’s gums and newly erupting teeth after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp washcloth. When your child turns two, begin brushing your child’s teeth daily with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste. As your child grows, teach him or her how to brush properly and keep a twice daily brushing routine.


Your Child's First Visit to DPD Smiles 

Age one dental visit

At DPD Smiles, we look forward to seeing your child the first time by his or her first birthday, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Our staff specializes in working with little ones like yours and we can teach you and them the best pediatric oral hygiene techniques as well as check for cavities and inspect for any developmental challenges.

There are a number of forms of tooth decay that can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer, inner dentin in six months or less.

Most of all, our friendly doctors and staff will make sure your child has a positive experience at our office and will be a regular visitor for years to come.


Pediatric Dental Treatments

Doctor Kajal Joshi is an expert in providing a variety of pediatric dental services to your child using the latest technologies and making them feel comfortable in our office. Dental treatments we provide to prevent tooth decay in children, or to save or repair teeth when necessary include: 

Topical Fluoride — Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, we can apply a higher concentration onto your child's teeth for maximum protection (Watch Preventing Cavities in Kids Video).

Dental Sealants — We can apply a plastic coating that prevents cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.” These little crevices become the perfect environments for decay-causing bacteria. Immature tooth enamel is more permeable and therefore less resistant to tooth decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply and provide years of protection (Watch Dental Sealant Video).

Root Canal Treatment — Perhaps you have had a root canal treatment yourself, to save an injured or severely decayed tooth. Well, sometimes children need root canals, too. As mentioned above, baby teeth are important guides to the permanent teeth that are already forming beneath your child's gums. Therefore, saving them from premature loss can help prevent a malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) that requires orthodontic treatment.

Bonding — Chips and minor fractures to front teeth — common childhood occurrences — can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These lifelike resins made of plastic and glass can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth and last until the youngster has completed facial growth (Watch Dental Bonding Video).

Orthodontic Concerns

 Orthodontic Problems.

The doctors at DPD Smiles will want to see your child for every-six-month check-ups so that they can continue to examine your child’s teeth and monitor them for any potential orthodontic challenges. Early diagnosis of these potential problems can help plan treatment and even help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth. This can help eliminate make later orthodontic treatment easier, or possibly eliminate it altogether. 

Use Mouthguards for Sports 

The doctors at DPD Smiles have seen way too many mouth and teeth injuries due to participation in sports without a mouthguard. That’s why we highly recommend a custom-made mouthguard for your child active in sports. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm when not wearing one of these protective devices. Using a model of your child’s teeth, we’ll construct a mouthguard that will be more comfortable and fit properly to protect your child’s oral health. It's an investment that can pay off in reduced pain, suffering and potential dental expenses.

Related Articles

Dentistry and Oral Health for Children - Dear Doctor Magazine

Dentistry and Oral Health for Children Dear Doctor magazine brings you this wide-ranging overview of milestones and transitions in your child's dental development. Learn how to protect your children from tooth decay, dental injuries, and unhealthy habits while getting them started on the road to a lifetime of oral health and general well-being... Read Article

Pregnancy and Oral Health - Dear Doctor Magazine

Pregnancy & Oral Health Pregnancy is generally thought of as the time when a woman strives to be particularly aware of the need for better health. Many women, though, may not be aware of the link that exists between their oral health and their systemic (general) health, as well as the impact this can have on a developing child. Learn about how to care for yourself and your baby... Read Article

Oral Health - Dear Doctor Magazine

How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health Proper oral health habits are easy to learn — and lead to behaviors that result in lifelong dental health. And the time to begin is as soon as your child's first baby teeth appear. From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond... Read Article

Top 10 Tips for Children - Dear Doctor Magazine

Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children There's no need to wait until your baby actually has teeth to lay the foundations for good oral or general health. In fact, good nutrition and oral hygiene can start right away. It is up to you to develop the routines that will help protect your child from tooth decay and other oral health problems. So let's get started... Read Article

Make Your Appointment in Glen Ellyn Today!


You can trust the doctors and staff at DuPage Pediatric Dentistry to put your child’s oral health needs first at all times and to make our offices a place where your child will smile. You’ll love our experienced doctors and our friendly, professional staff. Give us a call at our Glen Ellyn office today at (630) 469-7696 and make your first appointment. Or, use our convenient online appointment form. We look forward to caring for you and your children soon!
 ​