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Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Care

How can we help you?

Dr. Bret and our team have many years of experience in offering professional and friendly pediatric dental care to children of all ages. We know that parents often have many questions regarding their child’s dental care, and our goal is to make sure that your family feels comfortable and informed about any decision that you need to make. We want you to know that we are always available to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have about your child’s teeth and mouth.

Please let us know if you have any concerns. There are no silly questions, and we want you to feel comfortable coming to us with even the smallest of worries. We know that welcoming our pediatric dental practice into your family is a big decision, and we want you to feel secure in knowing that you have chosen the right pediatric dentist for your child. 

Preventive Care

Yes, every child who participates in sports activities—particularly contact sports like football, basketball, and soccer—should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. Parents are often surprised to learn that as much as 40 percent of all dental injuries are sports-related. 

Customized Mouthguards in Decatur, IL

As your child’s Decatur, IL dentist, Dr. Bret Jerger customizes sports mouthguards that offer the ultimate protection for their teeth and mouths.  

Many schools and teams mandate wearing mouthguards, but even so, statistics show that only about two-thirds of athletes wear protective mouth gear. The lack of compliance is partially because generic mouthguards of the “boil and bite” variety don’t fit very well and may be so uncomfortable that your child won't wear it without your supervision.

As part of your son or daughter’s preventive dental care at our Decatur, IL practice, we customize mouthguards that are comfortable because we design them for your child’s unique smile. For this reason, kids are much more likely to follow through with wearing them when parents aren’t around to supervise them.

Contact Jerger Pediatric Dentistry

If your child participates in sports, they require protection for their mouth and teeth. Instead of searching for a “dentist near me,” call Jerger Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We'll take impressions of your child’s teeth and customize a high-quality, durable sports guard to protect their precious smile from harm.

As a parent, it might be easy to overlook your child's early oral health needs, especially if they don't even have teeth yet!

In truth, it's not a bad idea to get your baby used to the importance of a clean mouth. Even before their teeth begin to emerge, parents can take a soft cloth and gently wipe their child's gums. As soon as their teeth start to erupt, we recommend beginning regular dental visits and dental cleanings with your dentist in Decatur, IL. 

Dr. Bret Jerger can help parents practice proper oral care in the comfort of their home in between dental visits. 

By starting early, we can help our children develop lifelong healthy habits. 

How Often Does My Child Need a Dental Cleaning?

According to the American Dental Association, routine dental cleanings are recommended every six months as soon as your baby's teeth first start to emerge. 

If your child has oral health problems or recurrent tooth decay or infection, we may recommend more frequent dental visits. 

Dental cleanings allow us to detect any abnormal dental health issues, recommend preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride supplements, and teach your child how to brush and floss properly. 

Schedule Your Child's Next Dental Cleaning in Decatur

Your child's oral health is extremely important, and their lifetime relationship with their teeth and gums starts with their family and dentist. Dental cleanings in Decatur, IL allow us to keep your child healthy, strong, and informed about their dental health.

Call our friendly dental team today, and we will put you down for your next dental check-up and exam!

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