Dr. James Kreuz, Homewood Dentist, Provides Dentistry for Children
Homewood area dentist Dr. James Kreuz is offering children’s dentistry services in his dental office. The American Dental Association recommends all patients to schedule routine six-month check-up exams. This is particularly important for growing children.
At your visit, Dr. Kreuz and his team will screen your child’s mouth for tooth decay and gum disease. Regular professional dental cleanings are essential for a healthy mouth. During your child’s dental cleaning, Dr. Kreuz will gently remove any buildup of plaque or tartar.
Dr. Kreuz may recommend fluoride be applied to the teeth as part of your child’s treatment. Topical fluoride is used to strengthen enamel and make teeth more resistant to tooth decay.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomized grooves.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
The process of applying sealants is easy and fast. The application steps are as follows:
- Your child’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned
- The teeth are dried
- A liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- The solution is cured using a special curing light
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for several years before a reapplication is needed. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.
Without proper dental care, children are susceptible to oral decay. Healthy smiles should not stop at our dental office. Dr. Kreuz and his caring team will educate you and your child on how to make good food choices and how to properly brush and floss at home.
Dr. Kreuz and his knowledgeable team have the experience and qualifications to care for your child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout various stages of childhood. For more information or to request an appointment, visit their website at http://kreuzduffner.com/.
James J Kreuz DDS & Gregory J Duffner DDS, Ltd
18040 Park Ave
Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (708) 798-6868
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