Dr. Leo Morton is a pediatric dentist practicing in Glenview and Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Morton specializes in the oral health of children. Pediatric dentists tend to patients ranging in age from infancy to teenaged years. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Morton takes care of a childs teeth, gums and mouth. Children can face dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease without proper care. Pediatric dentists can provide dental examinations, give cleanings and treatments, repair cavitities and dental injuries like fractured or knocked-out teeth, diagnose oral conditions and more.
Dr. Morton's philosphy of care is to provide Comprehensive, Comprehensive Pediatric Dental care from birth through adolescence. including caring for children with Special Needs and complex medical issues.
Education and Training
University of Nebraska, Lincoln MS in Pediatric Dentistry 1979
Loyola Dental School DDS 1977
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Leo Don Morton D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
I routinely don’t recommend whitening procedures on a 10 year old child. READ MORE
I would just suggest first dental visit by 1st Birthday to establish Dental Home and a risk assessment would be done as part of that first visit. READ MORE
Pediatric dentists treat children and adolescent patients. If your adolescent child feels uncomfortable in the office then you could consider evolving to a general dentist. Does your daughter still go to her pediatrician? We have many patients that still come to us because they are comfortable and confident well into their early college years but once they are no longer comfortable....it is time to move on. READ MORE
There are factors to consider here. You are correct that it will come out anyway. However if there is a significant problem needing root canal or pulpal treatment then the options are to treat or extract the tooth. Leaving an untreated problem could result in an abscess or even more significant facial infection. Depending on the tooth in question, dental age of the patient a space maintainer may be required if the tooth is extracted. We start losing our primary teeth around 6 but the process continues till we are 11 or 12. READ MORE
Children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday and then every 6 months. READ MORE
Teeth grinding in young children is quite common. It usually occurs when the child is so deeply asleep and the jaw is in a relaxed position. This grinding usually is a way that the teeth adjust to slight interferences as we are growing. Typically they are so soundly asleep that they don't realize it but is something that you notice. Nothing usually has to be done. However, if extensive wear is noticed than something may need to be done to prevent more extensive wear. Your dentist would be able to check this. This grinding is different than the grinding and trauma produced by grinding in older patients. The grinding usually subsides after the eruption of the 1st molars at around 6 years of age. READ MORE
Children should be seen at least every 6 months unless they are at higher risk and have already had multiple decayed teeth or cannot maintain their oral hygiene in which case should be seen more frequently. READ MORE
What are the chances that the spaces in my daughter's teeth will recur when her permanent teeth grow in?
There is a possibility that these spaces can be present when the permanent teeth but most often these spaces close due to the size differences of the permanent. teeth. READ MORE
Continue to help him as long as possible and as long as he "lets" you. Children do not have the dexterity to do a good job till 7 or 8 and in fact many adults don't do a good job as well! The longer you can help the better but stop before he goes to college.... READ MORE
I understand that she may give you a "hard time" but flossing is quite important and if you give in to the "hard time" she is giving you then she wins...you lose...and in the long run she loses. Try to make it fun for her to brush and floss. There are many games and apps for your phone that may help. READ MORE
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Faculty Titles & Positions
- Division Director Dental Division Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - 2017
- Blue Key National Honor Society Loyola Dental School 1977
- Fellowship American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American College of Dentists
- American Dental Association
- Illinois Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- University Of Nebraska College Of Dentistry
- Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge
- Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge
Dr. Leo Don Morton D.D.S.'s Practice location
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169Get Direction
Niles, IL 60714Get Direction
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- What Is a Cavity?
A cavity is a result of tooth decay, which is a damage that occurs due to poor oral health and dental plaque on the tooth’s surface. Cavities usually start really small and when they are left untreated, they gradually become bigger. Anyone who has teeth, including babies, can develop cavities. For...
- Oral Hygiene and Overall Health
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- Why It's So Important to Take Your Child to the Dentist
Clarice Law, DMD, MS, assistant professor in the Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics sections at the UCLA School of Dentistry says that it is better to get the child to the dentist as early as possible. She personally likes to have children starting the dental visits by the age of one year. First...
- Low-Grade Fever and Teething
Introduction Your baby, who used to be so peaceful, has all of a sudden become fussy, cranky, chews on every single thing, and is drooling. He wants to be held, keeps you half the night awake, and wants to be nursed the whole day. This is the world of teething that the baby has entered in. Other...
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