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What Are the Advantages of Being a Dentist?

July 5, 2022
Posted By: Jerger Pediatric Dentistry

The health of your child’s smile directly impacts their overall health and wellbeing. Without healthy teeth and gums, we can develop tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and other health conditions, like heart disease. Some of these health issues can even be life-threatening. 

To ensure your child’s oral health stays top-notch, we recommend visiting the dentist regularly for preventive dental check-ups. Dr. Bret Jerger, also known as Dr. Bret, is a skilled and experienced children’s dentist in Decatur, IL. At Jerger Pediatric Dentistry, we offer various children’s dental care services to treat dental diseases and improve the oral health of our community’s youth. 

Why Are Dentists Important?

A dentist cares for your oral health so you can live with a healthy, functional, and comfortable smile. Our oral health is directly linked to our general health, so it’s essential to receive the care you need to prevent health issues. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Bret focuses on children’s unique oral health needs, goals, and developmental milestones. Dr. Bret does everything from preventive cleanings and fillings to orthodontics, behavior guidance, and special needs dentistry. 

What Does a Children’s Dentist Do?

A children’s dentist focuses on the unique needs of children’s dental care, such as growth and development, disease prevention, and more. Our services at Jerger Pediatric Dentistry include:

  • Preventive dental care
  • Special needs dentistry
  • Early childhood dental care
  • Dental emergencies
  • Laser frenectomies
  • Children’s orthodontics
  • Growth and development
  • Hospital sedation
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Behavior guidance (e.g., thumb-sucking, pacifier use)

Dr. Bret and our team want your child to enjoy a healthy beautiful smile throughout their early years and carry on great dental health into adulthood.

How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?

The American Dental Association suggests seeing the dentist at a frequency that best meets your needs. Some patients may need dental check-ups every six months, while others may need them every three months. This depends on your unique oral health needs and goals and what your dentist recommends for you. 

Dr. Bret will perform a thorough oral health examination during a routine check-up. He will check your child’s mouth for cavities, signs of gum disease, jaw and dental development, and much more. Dr. Bret and our team will also perform a gentle dental cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and other bacteria from their teeth. We will also take periodic dental x-rays to monitor your child’s growth and development. 

Contact Your Dentist in Decatur, IL 

Is it time to schedule your child’s next dental check-up? Please give us a call today at our Decatur dental office. We are always pleased to hear from new and existing patients, and we look forward to welcoming you to Jerger Pediatric Dentistry. 


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