Dr. Melissa is a pediatric dental specialist. She specializes in dental care for children from birth to 18 years of age. She and her dental team pledge to work with you to achieve optimum dental health for your children.
We accomplish our goal with regular check-ups, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene instruction and placing dental sealants in the office. We will help you and your child develop brushing and flossing techniques at home that will support healthy teeth and gum tissue.
Infant Dental Care:
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends “that your child should see a pediatric dentist when a first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.” Dr. Melissa, a Gurnee Pediatric Dentist, welcomes new parents with infants and toddlers. She will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns that you have for your child’s dental health.
Dental sealants are thin clear or white coatings that are applied to the deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect them from the germs that cause cavities. Sealants seal and cover the tooth’s natural deep grooves, pits and fissures to prevent decay.
Dr. Melissa will evaluate your child’s risk of getting cavities and discuss sealants with you when necessary.
Dr. Melissa recommends fluoride varnish for her patients. A clear fluoride coating is brushed on the outside of the teeth to help bolster the white enamel surfaces of primary and permanent teeth. The doctor also recommends using a fluoride toothpaste at home that has the American Dental Association seal of approval.
Dr. Melissa uses low dose digital x-rays in her Gurnee dental office. By placing a small digital sensor in your child’s mouth, she can instantly share your child’s xrays with you on a computer screen. We also can take panoramic radiographs to evaluate your child’s bite and developing permanent teeth.
Dr. Melissa recommends that all children wear a mouth guard during sports practices and during games. Wearing a mouth guard will help protect the teeth and gums if your child is in an accident during sports practice or during a game.