A pediatric dentist ensures your child’s teeth are free of decay and other dental diseases. Plus, you can start a lifetime habit of good oral health to support primary and adult teeth. Dr. Christopher Banks, of Banks Dental group is here to help children living the Auburn Gresham area of Chicago with their dental needs.
A child benefits from having a first visit by age 1 or no later than 6 months after getting his or her first tooth, advises the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Your child’s baby, or primary, teeth are critical to future oral health. They hold space for permanent teeth, facilitate proper speech patterns, and support good chewing for a nutritious diet.
The staff at Banks Dental group X-rays your child’s teeth to look for cavities undetectable on the surface of the teeth. Dr. Banks also examines the location of permanent teeth deep under the gums to see if your child’s mouth is developing well. Your child also gets a professional cleaning and is taught hygiene habits to follow at home.
Dr. Banks may recommend sealants, which help protect your child’s teeth from cavities. They’re a thin coating painted onto the surface of the teeth that prevents food particles and bacteria from getting deep into the nooks and crannies of your child’s teeth.
Getting sealants is like extra insurance that your teeth can resist cavities and avoid more invasive treatments like fillings. Usually, sealants are applied to permanent molars and premolars as soon as possible. Although you can get sealants at any age on cavity-free teeth, they’re especially valuable when your child is 6-14 years old.
A filling is applied to teeth that have decayed. The process involves removing the decayed area, thoroughly cleaning the tooth, and adding a material to the cavity. Fillings preserve most of the structure and function of the tooth, so are valuable even on baby teeth that aren’t ready to fall out yet.
Visiting the dentist can be scary for a child. Dr. Banks and his staff does everything possible to help your child feel comfortable. But, if you talk to him about what to expect, it may ease any apprehension. You could even bring your child to your own dental appointment to see the process and understand exactly what an exam and cleaning is all about.
At Banks Dental Group, we accept all insurance plans except Medicaid and private insurances. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Annette if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.