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Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Growth and Development

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. 

Growth and Development

Believe it or not, your child's excellent oral health begins before their first tooth even arrives!Baby with toothbrush l Dentist Decatur IL

Your Decatur pediatric dentist recommends wiping your son or daughter's gums with a warm washcloth after feedings to help remove any bacteria that is left in their mouth. This also helps them get accustomed to oral care. Once their first tooth arrives, it's time to start brushing with a small, soft-bristled brush.

You'll also want to schedule their first visit with their dentist by the time they turn one year old. Your Decatur dentist will want to see them for checkups (and eventually teeth cleanings) every six months after their first visit.

As they get older, you can begin to incorporate toothpaste with fluoride in it, ensuring they can spit it out after brushing. Parents will need to assist their children with brushing and flossing techniques until around the ages of seven to eight years old.

Schedule Your Child's First Dentist Visit in Decatur!

Are you looking for an excellent pediatric dentist in the 62526 area? Our dental practice has been taking care of little ones in our community for over 50 years. Contact Jerger Pediatric Dentistry today at (217) 875-3080 to schedule your son or daughter's next dental visit. We would love to welcome them into our dental family!


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