September 12, 2020
Your sweet, perfect little baby is struggling to gain weight and breastfeed properly—naturally, as a caring parent, you’re concerned. Are you doing something wrong? As it turns out, your baby has a lip and tongue tie preventing them from feeding efficiently. To fix it, they’ll need to undergo a procedure called a frenectomy, where the excess tissue is severed. That may sound scary, but the good news is that your pediatric dentist can perform the frenectomy with a soft tissue laser!
Because of this amazing technology, this procedure is much faster, gentler, and easier to recover from than it used to be. However, your baby will still require your special attention for a while afterward. Here are some tips for infant oral care following a frenectomy that will help them get back on track.
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July 11, 2020
Did you know that a shark has thousands of teeth throughout its lifetime? In fact, sharks usually have five rows and up to 3,000 teeth at one time! In contrast, humans typically only have one row of teeth. So it’s natural to feel very concerned if your child seems to be growing a second. Normally, children lose their primary or baby teeth, and then the permanent teeth erupt in the gap. However, sometimes “shark teeth” pop up before the baby teeth have come out. Does this mean something is wrong with your child’s smile? What should you do about it? When should your pediatric dentist get involved? Read on to find out!
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May 10, 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, you’ve been doing your part to
keep your family safe by staying home. Although this has protected you from
infection, it has also given you all cabin fever, and your kids are getting
rowdier by the hour. While they wrestle in the other room, you hear one of them
shout in pain and come running to you holding a tooth and bleeding. What should
you do? Where should you turn? Do you need to take your child to a pediatric dentist
right away? Get the answers to these and other important questions here!
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March 7, 2019
If you are interested in braces or Invisalign, or if you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your children, Chicago Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics can help. At our office in the South Loop of Downtown Chicago, we provide orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Many patients considering orthodontic treatment ask us if any of these procedures will change the shape of their face. Here’s a few things to keep in mind about orthodontic options and their outcome:
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February 7, 2019
Making time to see the dentist in South Loop, Printer’s Row, and other areas of Downtown Chicago is not easy. However, seeing the dentist regularly is critical for the oral health of your children. If you’re looking for a convenient, easy time to visit Chicago Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we suggest bringing your child into our office during their school break! Here are a few great reasons:
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January 7, 2019
More than 18 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, but many are completely unaware that they even have this disorder. Mild cases of apnea can lead to poor quality sleep and irritability, but more severe cases can result in an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. What is sleep apnea and how can an orthodontist help?
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December 7, 2018
Dr. Welke attended dental school and completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originally a biomedical engineering major at Northwestern, Dr. Welke decided to change his trajectory and pursue dentistry when he realized that he loved the science behind a beautiful smile. Dr. Benjamin attended dental school at the University of Florida, and completed his orthodontic residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is skilled and knowledgeable, and he takes a genuine interest in his patients’ smiles. If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Chicago, Dr. Benjamin and the team at Chicago Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics can’t wait to meet you!
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