Meet Dr. Pannaralla
Dr. Pannaralla is a general dentist who has been part of the Dentistry for Children and Families team for more than nine years. She earned her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Illinois. Dr. Pannaralla has a gentle nature with children and adults and is an excellent communicator. She practices holistic dentistry and makes suggestions based on the overall health needs of her patients. With four children of her own, Dr. Pannaralla has gained valuable insight for addressing the unique needs of children. She has a large following of loyal patients that value her expertise.
During childhood, it is important for parents to encourage their children's dental health. During the ages of 6 and 10 primary, or (baby) teeth are being replaced by permanent (adult) teeth. This is an important age to solidify proper dental habits. During this age, children should be taught to care for their teeth on their own with instruction from their dentist and encouragement from their parents.
When primary or "baby" teeth are not cared for properly, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, pain and infection. Research shows that there's a strong connection between oral and overall health for children and adults. Dental care is one of the most neglected forms of health care among children.