Dentistry is important at every age and stage of life. Dr. Theodore is a family dentist in Chicago and has been treating children for more than 30 years. She and her staff are very familiar with the needs of children and work to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Preventive care and conservative treatments are the main focus of our children’s dentistry program.

"I Love My Dentist...

She cleans my teeth and makes them sparkle with her magic brush. Dr. Theodore chases the tooth bugs away too. She gives me a ride on her cool chair and the best part is a huge treasure chest with lots of toys."
- Kiki Dr. Theodore offers dental care for children in Chicago A typical child’s visit with Dr. Theodore may involve:
  • Examination of the teeth and oral structures
  • Charting the position and condition of teeth
  • Screening for tooth decay
  • Evaluation of the gums
  • Digital dental x-rays when needed
  • Bite analysis
  • Swallowing analysis
  • Diet analysis
  • Check for speech patterns
  • Dental cleaning
  • Fluoride treatment when needed
Part of the children's dental appointment includes special time for instruction to teach children and parents good habits for hygiene and daily care. We offer white fillings for children who need them. And, of course, there's the prize box.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

When should my child first visit the dentist? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends parents have a dental assessment of infants by one year of age. We typically begin seeing children at age 2. If you are concerned about the health of your child or infant, contact our office to speak with the dentist. We encourage parents to bring children to our office to watch their siblings appointments. We find that this helps children feel more at ease and comfortable with dental treatment. Why are baby teeth important? Don’t they just fall out? Despite the fact that they "fall out", baby teeth play a very important role in the future health of a child. Healthy teeth promote proper chewing, healthy diet and speech development. The primary teeth also help to keep a space for the permanent teeth that will eventually emerge. If baby teeth are lost early either because of an accident or decay, the dentist may use a space retainer to ensure that the permanent tooth has the space it needs when the time comes. How can I prevent cavities in my child? Dental cavities are a major concern among children. The most important thing parents can do to prevent cavities is encourage daily brushing and flossing of teeth. Children should have a healthy diet with limited amounts of juice, sweets and other snacks. Routine visits to the dentist will also prevent cavities. Dr. Theodore may also offer dental sealants to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are made of bio-compatible materials, forming a protective barrier over teeth. They can be placed in a single visit and offer long lasting protection.