Yes, we see and treat kids of all ages!
Does Markiewicz Dental see kids?
At Markiewicz Dental in Mundelein, we are often asked if we treat children. The answer is a resounding YES! We pride ourselves in being a multi-generational dental office and so we are privileged to treat multiple generations of the same family. While we routinely treat two generations of a family (parents and children), we also have many families where we treat three or four generations of the same family.
The Markiewicz Dental Difference and Kids
At Markiewicz Dental in Mundelein, Dr. Anthony and Dr. David Markiewicz are excited to see and treat kids of all ages. We aim to make all dental experiences for kids fun and comfortable. We frequently utilize noise canceling headphones and Netflix during pediatric visits. Kids can choose their own music or movie to aid in relaxation during visits. We also have a variety of fun prizes, games, and tools that our team uses to teach proper oral hygiene habits.
When should I bring my child to see the dentist?
Because most primary teeth begin erupting by 6 months of age, it is recommended your child sees a dentist within their first year. At Markiewicz Dental, we recommending scheduling your child for a “Happy Visit” before they turn one years old. These visits are aimed at promoting a positive experience for you and your child at our office.
Does my child need to see a specialized pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are dental specialists who received advanced training in treating children and those with special needs. Although our dentists are not Pediatric dentists, they commonly see and treat children with routine dental needs. If we deem your child may need advanced care, we do work closely with many local pediatric dentists whom we can refer you to.
What happens at your child’s first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first visit with us is by the time of his or her first birthday. This may sound a bit early, but it’s a good idea for the following reasons:
– This gives us the perfect opportunity to teach you about proper oral hygiene techniques.
– We can check for cavities. There are several forms of tooth decay that can affect infants and small children. Tooth decay can develop at a rapid pace, going from the hard-outer enamel layer of a tooth to the softer insides of a tooth within six months.
– We can watch for developmental problems.
– Most importantly, we make it fun! Stickers, Rubber Ducks, Toothbrushes. We only get one chance at a first impression. We want your child to develop a positive image of the dentist so your child will look forward to any visits for years to come.
Dentists are Monsters
Dentists are Monsters is Dr. David Markiewicz’s debut children’s book. It is a beautifully illustrated story written to help ease children’s fear of the dentist. As a general dentist practicing in Mundelein, IL, Dr. Markiewicz often sees children who are initially afraid of the dentist. The story is told through the eyes of Tony the Tooth. Tony is a new tooth, having just erupted into the mouth full of teeth. The older teeth begin scaring Tony with frightening stories of the dentist.Tony becomes fearful when he learns they are going to the dentist. Does the dentist really wear a mask because she can breathe fire like a dragon? He hopes not! Dentists are Monsters helps parents teach children that many of the perceptions causing a fear of the dentist just are not true. Visiting the dentist doesn’t need to be scary and can often be rewarding. In his practice, Dr. David is able to make each individual patient he sees feel comfortable. He hopes Dentists are Monsters can help spread the message that dentists shouldn’t be feared to a larger audience.
What are some common pediatric dental procedures?
Markiewicz Dental offers a wide array of dental treatments to prevent tooth decay and repair teeth. We firmly believe that the best way to treat dental disease is to prevent it in the first place.
– Topical Fluoride – Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making them harder and more resistant to decay. Toothpastes and some drinking water contain a small amount of fluoride, though if needed, we can apply a higher concentration of fluoride onto your child’s teeth for more protection.
– Dental sealants – Dental sealants are resin coatings that seal the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These grooves, known as “pits and fissures,” are naturally perfect environments for trapping decay-causing bacteria. By placing a sealant, it will make bacteria less likely to be trapped in the chewing surfaces. Sealants are easy to apply and will provide years of protection.
– Fillings – If tooth decay has extended beyond the layer of enamel, often a dental resin filling can be completed to restore the tooth. These fillings are tooth-colored and are a conservative way to restore teeth. Saving baby teeth is important because they maintain the space necessary for proper eruption of the permanent teeth.
– Orthodontics (braces) – As baby teeth begin falling out, you may notice your child’s permanent teeth begin erupting crooked. Orthodontics may be recommend for your child. Having their teeth and bite well-aligned is not only of esthetic concern – studies are showing that well positioned teeth can have a life-time effect on breathing and airway patency.