Dr. Kevin Boyd and our team of experienced professionals have been providing comprehensive pediatric dental care in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for over 25 years. We are dedicated to improving the health and development of children of all ages. Our team understands the importance of a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. We’ll take the time to listen, address your concerns and explain your treatment recommendations in detail. We have extensive experience with children of all ages and needs. At Dentistry For Children, it all starts with a smile!
We go beyond treating the teeth to ensure your child’s long-term health. Dr. Boyd is a pioneer in airway-focused orthodontics, which emphasizes the importance of proper breathing and airway function, in addition to the traditional goals of straightening teeth and aligning the jaw to prevent more invasive treatments in the future.
Treatment can extend beyond the dentist chair, and we believe in collaboration. We work with teams of professionals to offer specialized treatments that help develop good oral health in childhood and beyond.
We are dedicated to your child’s health from infancy through adolescence. We provide routine preventive care, identify and treat oral conditions, and help kids develop healthy habits from their very first visit.
Our dedication to overall well-being sets Dentistry for Children apart. We provide care that shapes a brighter, healthier future for your child.
Addressing airway health early can help to prevent or reduce the need for orthodontic treatment in the future. That’s why we want to start seeing children in the office as early as six months to three years old.
We recognize that a child’s well-being is a intricate puzzle with interconnected elements. That’s why we collaborate closely with parents and multidisciplinary teams of professionals to identify, diagnose, and address issues originating in the mouth and airways.
We provide minimally invasive treatments, like retainers, that are easy to use and promote proper growth while the jaw and mouth are still developing. This prevents future problems requiring invasive, costly orthodontic treatment in the future.
At 36 years old, I just brought my 13-month-old son for his first appointment with Dr. Kevin. It’s hard to believe because it doesn’t feel all that long ago that I started seeing Dr. Kevin myself at age 7 or so. (Honestly, he hasn’t aged a day—the math doesn’t even add up to me!) Dr. Kevin’s practice is truly the best. He cared for my younger sister and me through cleanings, braces, retainers, spacers, and more. He has a genial manner that puts kids at ease. He continues to be involved in academic research and is a leader in the field. His work focuses on the evolution of the human jaw and its effects on children’s breathing and sleep patterns. Ask him about it; hearing him talk about it is so interesting!
Prior to receiving his specialty license in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa, he earned an MSc degree from Michigan State University in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. His graduate research interests centered around the impact of commercially-processed foods on dental health and body weight. His Nutrition background has served as a great foundation for the specialty practice of Pediatric Dentistry given that many oral health problems are often associated with unhealthy eating; dental caries (cavities) and early periodontal (gum) inflammation (gingivitis) are two of the most common problems associated with unhealthy snacking behaviors.
Dr. Boyd has extensive training and clinical experience in performing risk assessment, diagnosing, and treating very young children who present with non-self-correcting malocclusions with possibly-associated sleep and breathing difficulties.
He lectures worldwide on the topics of Early Childhood Malocclusion (under 72 months), pediatric sleep breathing hygiene, and the newly emerging healthcare discipline of Evolutionary Oral Medicine, also often called Darwinian Dentistry.
He is married and has two adult daughters. When not working, he enjoys tennis, skiing and sailing.