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By Corley Family Dental
February 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health

How your dentists in Decatur can help your childchildren's dentistry

When should my child visit the dentist? What types of dental treatments are necessary for children? How should I prepare my child for the first dental visit? These are just a few of the questions you might have about children’s dentistry. Drs. Natalie and Chad Corley at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, want to share the facts of what you need to know about children’s dentistry.

The truth is your child is at risk for tooth decay the minute the first tooth erupts. That’s why it’s recommended that your child’s first visit is within 6 months of tooth eruption and at least by the first year.

You can help prepare your child by talking positively about visiting the dentist. Don’t share negative thoughts about the dentist because your child will pick up on them and be afraid. Read to your child and tell positive stories about visiting the dentist.

Children’s dental offices are often filled with kid-friendly artwork and furniture to make your child feel at home. The staff is specially trained to help your child relax and feel comfortable in the office.

When your child visits Corley Family Dental for the first time, they will receive an easy dental examination and possibly x-rays depending on your child’s age. A member of the staff will do a quick cleaning and possibly a fluoride treatment, again depending on the age of your child.

Once the permanent teeth have erupted, dental sealants might be recommended. The liquid resin is flowed into the deep grooves and crevices in your child’s teeth and hardened with an ultraviolet light. The purpose of sealants is to shield your teeth from the bacterial plaque that causes tooth decay.

If your child does have tooth decay, the dentists at Corley Family Dental offer a full range of services including:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental bonding
  • Root canal treatment
  • Extractions
  • Emergency dental services

If your child needs dental care, don’t worry. Drs. Natalie and Chad Corley at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, can help. For more information on children’s dental services, please visit their website at

Get your child started on the road to dental health by calling today!


Teething is an important phase in your baby's dental maturity. During the approximate two-year process, they will acquire their first set of teeth.

It can also be an unpleasant two years as each tooth sequentially breaks through the gums. The severity of teething problems differs with each child, but there are common signs: irritability, biting and gnawing, chin rash, drooling or ear rubbing among them. Although for most babies the discomfort isn't that great, the pain can occasionally be a lot for them — and their care-givers — to handle.

Although having a very unhappy infant can be nerve-jangling, there's no real cause for concern health-wise. If, however, they begin to run a fever or experience diarrhea, that could be a sign of something more serious. In those cases, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Otherwise, there are some things you can do to make them more comfortable during teething episodes. One thing to remember: cold items for biting or gnawing usually work wonders. So, be sure you have chilled teething rings or pacifiers (but not frozen — the extreme temperature could burn their gums). For older children, an occasional cold food like a popsicle can bring relief.

You can also try massaging the gums with your clean finger, which will help counteract the pressure of an erupting tooth. But avoid rubbing alcohol or aspirin on the gums, and you shouldn't apply numbing agents to children less than two years of age unless advised by your doctor.

If their pain persists, it's permissible to give them a mild pain reliever like the appropriate dosage for their age of baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Again, you should give this by mouth and avoid rubbing it on the gums.

By the time they're three, all their primary teeth should be in and teething symptoms should have largely dissipated. In the meantime, make them as comfortable as you can â?? in no time the unpleasantness of teething will pass.

If you would like more information on coping with your child's teething, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles: How to Help Keep your Baby Comfortable.”

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