What Types of Treatments do Pediatric Dentists Provide?

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists take an additional two to three years of special training after finishing their dental requirements. These doctors treat infants and children through adolescence. It is important to seek out a pediatric dentist for your child by the age of one, or when their first teeth erupt. Visiting the dentist at a young age sets the stage for the future, and teaches your child how to practice good oral hygiene habits.

At Merrillville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we welcome all of our pediatric patients to visit our office beforehand and take a tour. We want all of our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed when they visit the dentist for the first time. Our staff is trained to work with children, and we always strive to provide exceptional care.

Pediatric Services

Merrillville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers many pediatric services to keep your child’s teeth looking great. Visiting our office can help get in front of any issues, and allow us to track their development each time they visit.

Diagnosis and Exams

When your child visits our office, we will complete a thorough exam of their teeth and mouth. We look for things like overbites, underbites, or teeth grinding. Correcting these issues early on is important.

Oral Education

Our team is trained to help teach our pediatric patients how to take care of their teeth, and practice good oral hygiene habits at home. We work with the parents and give them tips on what products to use, as well as diet recommendations to keep their teeth healthy.

Dental Treatments

Preventative treatments are offered such as fluoride or sealants. We watch primary teeth closely, and make sure they do not become misaligned. We offer pulp therapy if your child has had any injury or oral trauma.

Other Services

Other services done in our office include fillings and teeth extraction. Pediatric dentists can fix a chipped or broken tooth, and can treat teeth for sensitivity. As your child grows, we will watch their teeth to see if any orthodontics are needed, and ensure their jaw is developing normally. If necessary, we can refer you to our preferred orthodontist.

What Can I Expect During My Child’s First Visit?

Visiting the dentist for the first time can be stressful, and we want your child’s first appointment to go well. When you contact our office for the first time, we always welcome our new patients, and offer you to tour the office prior to your first appointment. This helps the child feel comfortable when they return that day for their appointment.

During your child’s appointment we examine their teeth and take any x-rays needed. Our doctors will check for any developing cavities and recommend treatment if necessary. Our team provides a thorough exam of their teeth and jaws to check their development and to make sure we do not see any concerns.

Talking with the parents during the visit is important, and we always ask if there are any ongoing health issues with your child. This also gives the parents the ability to ask any questions or discuss any concerns they have about their child’s oral health. Our staff will also review oral hygiene habits at home to ensure your child is taking good care of their teeth. Positive reinforcement and encouragement are important at Merrillville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. When your child is finished with their appointment, our staff will provide a prize at the end of their visit as an incentive for good behavior.

Ready to Schedule Your Appointment?

If you are interested in a pediatric dentist, and are ready to schedule your child’s appointment, please contact Merrillville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and our friendly staff will assist you. We look forward to your visit, and are excited to have you join our dental family.

Dentist For Children: When, How And Why?


Going to the dentist is not always easy for people. The fear of the dentist has a lot to do with it. There are many reasons for this fear of going to the dentist. Sometimes it is enough to see the dentist’s tools for the imagination to ignite and make us think of the painful sensations they could cause in the oral cavity.

Indeed, it dates from the Middle Ages, when first dental care consisted in particular in the extraction of the tooth responsible for the pain that the patient felt. Care techniques have evolved significantly since then.


This unreasonable fear affects both children and adults. Going to the dentist is not only for adults, but children are also affected.

Why should a child see a dentist?

Several parents reason as follows: my child is still young; he has just a few baby teeth. We will have time to deal with his teeth later when they are final. However, consulting a dentist is very important, even for the youngest who is just over a year old (or about six months after the first baby tooth). It is what the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends. Such precocity may seem somewhat exaggerated to us, especially since it is already necessary at this stage of their lives to respect the preventive appointments fixed every six months at the dentist. Follow-up is very important.

Indeed, being followed by a dentist is fundamental. This is an essential condition to guarantee good oral health for our young. This helps detect problems early and prevent them. Without the supervision of a dentist, the oral cavity of the child, whose oral hygiene is not necessarily perfect, can quickly accumulate problems which are likely to cause pain, problems with chewing and even digestion.

What type of dentist should children see?

In terms of oral health, babies, school children and adolescents are cared for by a pediatric dentist or pedodontist. Caring for the youngest can be more difficult than treating adults for at least two reasons. First, their teeth are constantly changing. Our pediatric dentists in Anjou have a mission to allow them to benefit from a beautiful healthy and functional mouth, regardless of the condition in which it is found. Second, a young child is more vulnerable to irrational fears that can traumatize them and continue until adulthood. These could disrupt all the care that will be necessary for the future, especially if the first experiences did not go well. This is the reason why pediatric dentists, in addition to their dental know-how and expertise, have been specially trained in childhood psychology. They can communicate better with young patients, effectively and delicately, to put them at ease and in confidence.