At Grand Dental - Wilmington, we provide several preventive children’s dental services, including routine checkups and cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and much more. Our team knows how important it is to make kids feel relaxed while they’re in the treatment chair for children's dentistry in our Wilmington, IL dental office, which is why we go out of our way to create an inviting environment from the moment they arrive at our dental office.
At Grand Dental - Wilmington, our goal is to provide your child with a positive early experience with our dental team. Our family friendly environment assures that children are comfortable so we can conduct a thorough cleaning, identify and treat cavities and make sure that the mouth is developing properly. Cavities are a common childhood disease, which left untreated can cause pain, infection and lead to problems speaking, chewing and even learning.
Over half of all children with baby teeth suffer from tooth decay, and their risk will dramatically increase the longer they go without a visit to the dentist. The American Dental Association recommends that you schedule an Age One visit for your child to keep their risk for oral health issues to a minimum. We will make sure they’re as comfortable as possible during their first visit as we perform an age-appropriate examination and cleaning.
We frequently recommend dental sealants for children between the ages of 5 and 7 to prevent cavity development. Dental sealants are clear shields painted over the molars to prevent cavity-causing debris from settling in the grooves. Once the sealants are hardened, they will continue providing your child's teeth with protection for years to come.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in certain foods, local water sources, and most oral hygiene products that you purchase from the store. It helps strengthen your child’s enamel and protect their teeth from decay. When children don’t get enough fluoride, it could leave their pearly whites vulnerable to cavity development. That is why it is recommended that all children receive a quick and painless application of fluoride gel on their teeth during every visit.
If your child plays sports, one of the most important pieces of protective equipment that they need is a mouthguard. At Grand Dental - Wilmington, we make customized children’s sportsguards that provide optimal protection to their teeth, jaw, and facial muscles while they are out on the court or field. Most importantly, young athletes are more likely to wear a custom mouthguard because the fit is more comfortable, making it easier to breath and communicate with teammates. What’s more, they can be custom designed to match their team or school colors.
Lip and tongue-ties are a common problem among infants and younger children that often go undiagnosed. When the pieces of tissue that connects your child’s tongue to the floor of their mouth and lip to their gums are overgrown, a variety of issues can develop, including difficulty latching on while breastfeeding. In these situations a small portion of the overgrown tissue is removed providing your child with easier maneuverability of their lip and tongue, enhancing their speech and development.
If your child is experiencing seemingly unexplainable dental pain and sensitivity, this could be a sign that pulp therapy is needed. If left untreated, damaged pulp could result in a variety of developmental barriers including premature tooth loss. To remedy pain and preserve your child's smile, pulp therapy allows the removal of the damaged portion of the pulp. Afterward, the structure of the tooth is rebuilt so your child can continue smiling, pain free.
It’s not uncommon for children to feel anxious or fearful when visiting of the dentist’s office. This can make it difficult for the doctor to provide necessary dental treatments. We work hard to ensure that children are comfortable at Grand Dental – Wilmington, however, if these measures aren’t effective, we can safely offer sedation dentistry for children. Mild sedation allows the patient to be relaxed and comfortable during treatment and helps the child build a positive, trusting relationship with their oral healthcare team.