Our Services

Our mission is to provide a long-lasting dental home for all patients in an environment that is safe, trusting, nurturing, encouraging and clean. We strive to ensure patient and parent satisfaction by scientifically proven methods to make dentistry fun for children. We will deliver optimal preventative and operative dental care using the highest quality products available.

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White Fillings

We offer esthetic, BPA-free white fillings for teeth that suffer from cracks, chips, and tooth decay. This is a great option for teeth that have smaller cavities and sometimes to repair areas for esthetic reasons. Our composite fillings match the natural color of teeth, which is especially important in the esthetic zone of your child’s smile. White fillings can last longer if your child keeps up with his or her oral hygiene, implements a healthy diet, and gets regular cleanings and dental checkups every six months


When a baby tooth has extensive damage or decay, a crown may be needed to replace the missing tooth structure to keep it in place until the permanent tooth grows in. For back teeth, stainless steel crowns offer the most protection because of their strength and durability, and usually last until the baby tooth falls out. Esthetic, or tooth-colored, crowns are a great option for front teeth when the cavity is too large for a traditional filling.





A pulpotomy, or a “baby root canal,” is not as scary as it sounds. Sometimes this procedure is needed to save baby teeth when the pulp tissue is inflamed because there is trauma or the cavity is extensive enough to cause damage to the core of the tooth. All this means is that part of the diseased pulp is removed to expose healthy tissue, replacing it with a medicine that will promote healing from within. It’s always best to save baby teeth when possible to avoid an extraction and maintain space for the permanent tooth to grown in. Don’t worry, this is much quicker and easier than a traditional adult root canal. 


There are times when it’s necessary to remove a tooth. This can happen when baby teeth become infected, when misshapen or long roots prevent the permanent tooth from erupting or growing in
properly, or when there is severe trauma or decay. If this is the case, extractions are the best option to prevent further damage to your child’s mouth and to maintain the health of their permanent teeth and smile. In some cases, a space maintainer may be recommended to keep teeth from shifting and to save space for the permanent tooth to grow in. Don’t worry, most baby tooth extractions are simple and easy compared to their adult counterparts. Our Doctors will go over all the steps involved and make sure your child is completely numb and comfortable for the procedure.

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Nitrous oxide or laughing gas

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety in children. Administered through a small mask that fits over your child’s nose, it is an effective way to calm
anxiety. Your child will be asked to breathe through his or her nose and not through their mouth. As the gas begins to work, your child will become calm. At the end of your child’s appointment, he or she will
resume breathing regular oxygen, and all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear. As your child gets older and becomes more comfortable during dental visits, nitrous oxide may not be necessary.

Space Maintainers

If a baby tooth comes out too soon due to an accident or tooth decay, problems may occur. The neighboring teeth may crowd out the space where the permanent tooth should come in or cause the
tooth to come in the wrong place. A space maintainer may be recommended to reduce the risk of these problems. This is especially true if a baby molar is extracted at an early age. In some cases, a space maintainer may not be necessary, especially for the front four teeth or if the permanent tooth is ready to come in. Our doctors will discuss what the best options are if your child’s baby tooth falls out too soon.

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Infant Care

Baby Teeth Care
Babies generally get their first tooth somewhere between six months and a year of age. However, baby teeth care should start as soon as your little one is born. Those early habits you develop with your baby caring for their mouth can set your child up for an entire life of healthy teeth and gums.

Children today are at a higher risk of cavities and tooth decay due to high sugar diets and poor dental hygiene routines. Starting a good oral hygiene routine with your child will help them maintain optimal oral health for the rest of their life. Here’s a closer look at some essential infant dental care tips to remember as you care for baby teeth and gums.

How Can We Help You?

Dr. Lauren Ming

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Lauren Ming is a compassionate pediatric dentist who continuously strives to provide the highest level of care for her patients.  She loves getting to know her patients on a personal level and treats each as she would her own family. Dr. Ming firmly believes that “prevention is the best medicine” and is devoted to building relationships and supporting each patient on their unique dental journey from infancy to adolescence, and beyond.  Dr. Ming believes that helping a patient improve and maintain their smile enriches their life and enhances their confidence to achieve their dreams!

Dr. Ming grew up in Los Angeles and attended Loyola Marymount University, where she was on the rowing team and graduated with a degree in Biology. She then went on to receive her D.D.S. degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. While at LSU, she received the Dental Lifeline Network Award which recognizes a dental student committed to volunteerism & helping individuals with special health care needs.

After graduation, Dr. Ming moved to Chicago to pursue a General Practice Residency, which provided her with advanced training in areas of dentistry such as pediatrics and treatment of medically compromised and special needs patients.  She practiced as a general dentist for several years in private practice and community hospital settings before choosing to specifically focus on providing quality and specialized dental care for kids.   Dr. Ming served as chief resident and completed her pediatric training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Beyond dentistry, Dr. Ming spends her time with her husband, Jeff,  and dog, Brody (the best-est boy).  She enjoys going for long bike rides, cooking tasty meals, and practicing her crafting skills.   Dr. Ming is delighted to officially welcome you to the BrightSmiles family!