We had a great experience Palos Pediatric Dentistry. The staff is awesome, so friendly and helpful. They have been great with my 6 year old son and he loves going to see Dr. Facko. He has many mouth sensories and used to have problems going to the dentist. Since I have started taking him to Dr. Facko, the experience at the dentist has been great for us. Thank you to Dr. Facko and the staff for their kindness and patience with my son.
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The Role of Your Child's Diet in their Dental Development

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Kids are full of energy and need the proper fuel to grow. The same goes for their developing teeth and bones. Your little one’s diet plays a huge role in how strong they are, how their immune system functions, and in their oral health.Here are some ways that you can alter your child’s diet to make sure their smile gets a great start.Sugar Plays a Major Part in Oral and Overall HealthBacteria love sugar and so do kids. While kids may crave and ask for sweets, offering them a healthy alternative is always better. Fresh fruit, nut butters, or lean proteins make a great mid-day snack without the cavity causing ...

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3 Facts Parents Need to Know about Fluoride

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When making decisions regarding your child’s health, it is important that you have the correct and the latest information. Many misconceptions about fluoride exist and we are here to help you make the best choice for your little one.Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel. Instances of tooth decay have dropped enormously since the widespread use of fluoridated water and toothpaste.Modern diets are packed full of sugar and carbohydrates that rapidly convert to sugar. This poses a risk for the enamel covering your child’s tooth. Sugar provides fuel for bacteria and their reproduction emits an acidic by-product that softens enamel, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and eat away the ...

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Considering Your Child's Age Before Whitening

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As your child begins to lose their baby teeth and adult teeth start to come in, you may notice that their smile isn't as white as it once was. The enamel on baby teeth is generally whiter than adult teeth, which can cause their smile to look a bit less pearly.The whiteness of your child's teeth can also be affected by drinking dark-colored sodas or juices, as well as many foods. Of course, because these drinks also contain a good deal of sugar, it's a good idea to try to avoid them as much as possible since they can cause tooth decay as well. On the other hand, if your ...

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Reduce transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to your baby and prevent serious dental problems!

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In a previous three-part series about cavities, we looked at the three essential ingredients for the initiation and progression of tooth decay. These factors - bacteria, sugar, and time - must all be present in order for tooth decay to occur. If we know how cavities form, we can develop prevention strategies aimed at minimizing each of the three essential factors for tooth decay.It's important for everyone to care for their mouths and prevent cavities. But in very young children, specific problems arise that we don't see in older populations. First, cavities in very young children tend to occur in large numbers - often eight, ten, or twelve cavities all ...

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How Do Cavities Form? Part III: Time

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We’ve described two of the necessary factors for the formation of tooth decay, specifically sugar and bacteria. The third factor, time, will be today’s subject. All three are necessary for cavities to form. The better we understand about the formation of cavities, the better we can make recommendations for prevention and treatment.Cavity-causing bacteria feed on the things we eat. They grow best under sugary conditions. A cavity forms when specific bacteria consume sugar. The byproduct of their metabolism is acid. This acid is secreted onto the surface of a tooth and does microscopic damage. Over time, if these bacteria are left undisturbed, the prolonged exposure to acid causes a hole, ...

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How Do Cavities Form? Part II: Bacteria

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There are three essential ingredients in order for tooth decay to occur. They are sugar, bacteria, and time. Today, we’ll be discussing the second factor – bacteria. Many people don’t realize that tooth decay is a transmissible disease, spread from person to person, similar to strep throat. We’ve actually identified the specific strain of bacteria that is most frequently the cause of tooth decay. The more we know and understand about the causes of tooth decay the better we can prevent and treat this problem.Where do cavity-causing bacteria come from?Bacteria that cause tooth decay are spread from person to person in a manner similar to any other bacterial infection. ...

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3 Ways Your Child's Diet Affects Their Oral Health

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#1 Sugar Is Best When It's Fresh from NatureKids love a sweet treat, but their taste buds become desensitized to the natural sweetness of fruit if they eat too much processed sugar. If you have ever given up sugar for any length of time, you know that blueberries taste sweeter than ever and a strawberry tastes like dessert.Fruit also provides nutritional value such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. When eaten whole, in their non-processed form (as opposed to applesauce orfruit rolls), fruit is not particularly harmful to teeth as long as you have a good home care routine that includes brushing, flossing, and using a fluoride toothpaste.#2 Avoiding ...

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