Our pediatric dentists At Chawla Orthodontics provide full-service dental care for children ages one to 13, and patients with special needs. We have been providing world-class, individualized care right here in the Westmont, IL neighborhood for many years. Our office is designed for your child’s comfort and enjoyment, as well as yours!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends...
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
Getting to know your teeth is fun!
Meet our pediatric dentist!
Dr. Rhiannon Holcombe, our pediatric dental specialist, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and has completed several years of additional training to become a pediatric dentist. She believes in providing exceptional care and spending quality time with each child to make every visit positive, safe, and fun. Her passion is transforming initially young anxious patients into children who are happy to come to the dentist. She believes if the visit is enjoyable and pleasant, then children will feel better about seeing the dentist, which will create a lifetime of good dental habits.
In addition to routine dental exams, Dr. Holcombe screens each patient for orthodontic needs, dental developmental abnormalities, and counseling for oral habits such as thumb sucking. Dr. Holcombe also has experience and training in treating special needs and medically compromised patients.
Visiting the Dentist
Your child should visit our Westmont dentists every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strong. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby's tooth erupts, you should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Holcombe will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact our Westmont dental office immediately.
Making your child’s experience spectacular!
Our state-of-the-art Westmont, IL practice provides a fun environment for both parents and children alike. We have a beautiful game room where kids can play games on our PS3 or Xbox 360. We also have a wide array of children's movie selections in our waiting and treatment rooms. While parents wait, we encourage them to use our complimentary Wi-Fi. Our office is also a multi-specialty office with board-certified orthodontists and a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. We also provide safe sedation dentistry with flavored nitrous oxide or in-office sedation for more complicated procedures.