Preventive Services

Proper preventative treatment can build the foundation of your child’s future dental health. At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we can provide you with information and tools to protect your child’s health, save you money, and prevent future dental hassles.

With our prevention-based techniques, we focus on the preservation of your child’s dental health. Dr. Facko is skilled in identifying problems in their early stages, making treatment more affordable and easier for your child.

Our office knows how to communicate with kids. We help them understand how dental procedures will go and calm them so they will be relaxed and cooperative. We love working with children and their parents to support overall health and wellness.

Children’s Cleanings and Dental Exams

Regular dental cleanings and exams allow Dr. Facko to detect any dental problems that arise. He strives to identify conditions as soon as possible because early detection minimizes treatment. Minimizing treatment means fewer visits for your child and less money spent for you.

We begin seeing kids around their first birthday. By getting started early, we have can follow your child's health right from the beginning. Visits for infants can also help them to become accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office.

Hygiene Instruction for Kids and Adults

When children are very small, we provide parents with instructions on the proper care of their child’s teeth. We show you how to brush properly and teach you about what to expect when it comes to your little one’s dentistry.

When your child is old enough, we will teach them how to brush their own teeth. Until your child is around eight years old, they will not have the dexterity to brush alone, and will require assistance from you. When kids are ready to brush alone, we will check in with them at each exam about their habits, helping them to stay on track.

Preventative Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride can be beneficial in the prevention of cavities and protection of tooth enamel. While fluoride treatment may not be necessary for every child, the anatomy of your child’s teeth and their history of tooth decay will help us determine whether your child could benefit from this inexpensive and effective preventative tool.

Protective Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a clear plastic coating placed over the grooves of your child’s teeth to prevent decay. Sealants are a fraction of the cost of fillings and can last up to five years. Children with particularly deep grooves in their teeth, a history of decay, or who consume foods containing high acid or sugar levels can benefit from getting sealants. Once sealants wear off, they can be replaced if continued protection is necessary.

Schedule a New Patient Exam Today

We look forward to meeting you and your family. Our Palos Heights pediatric dental team knows how important your child is to you and that is why we treat each child like our own. You can rely on Dr. Richard Facko to be up-front and honest when it comes to your child’s care. Call us for an evaluation. We look forward to welcoming you to our office.