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Pediatric Dentistry in Buffalo Grove, IL

dental staff and child giving thumbs upCan there be anything more heartwarming than the smile on your children’s faces? Just imagining those smiles probably brings a smile to your own face. Dr. Natalya Nagornaya at Countryside Dental is the children’s dentist in Buffalo Grove, who is as dedicated to your children’s teeth and smiles as you are. She and her team would be happy to see you and your whole family for all of the dental care you need. Before you even bring your child to see Dr. Nagornaya, there are steps you can take to help ensure your baby’s oral health.

Infant Oral Health Care

During their first few months of life, you should clean their gums after every feeding. Just use a soft washcloth moistened with warm water and wipe gently. When you see a tooth, then it’s time to start brushing with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Don’t use toothpaste until they are old enough to spit. And never clean a pacifier in your own mouth—you’ll only be transferring bacteria that can lead to gum disease.

Baby’s First Dental Visit

For the little ones in your family, Dr. Nagornaya recommends starting visits to the dentist by the time they are a year old. With this early start, we can monitor their oral development and dentition for any signs that may be concerning. Moreover, these early appointments set the course for a lifetime of habitual oral healthcare.

Twice Yearly Checkups for Children

Children need to be seen by the dentist as often as adults. That means you should schedule dental checkups for the kids twice each year. When they are young, Dr. Nagornaya and her team will count and examine their teeth, check their gum health and quickly clean their teeth.

At some point, we will also take x-rays to check for any spots of decay that may be hiding between two teeth or just below the surface of a tooth. As they grow and become more mature, the cleanings will be more complete and we will likely add other treatments, too.

Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Dental sealants, for example, are an excellent way to help children avoid cavities. Applied to your children’s teeth as a clear plastic liquid, sealants are dried quickly with a curing light and become a solid layer of protection against the bacteria and acids that lead to decay. Depending on the health of your children’s teeth, Dr. Nagornaya may also recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel. This hard outer shell not only gives each tooth its beautiful sheen, but also serves as the primary defense against nasty bacteria,.

Schedule a Visit for your Child Today

Is it time for your child to see the dentist? If so, then call Countryside Dental today for an appointment with children’s dentist Dr. Nagornaya. Conveniently located in Buffalo Grove, IL, our practice is privileged to serve the complete oral healthcare needs of families from throughout Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Hawthorn Woods, and beyond.