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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What Parents Should Know about Fluoride Varnish

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Get your child on the right track for healthy teeth and gums from an early age. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children go to the dentist by the time their first tooth comes in or they reach the age of one year (whichever comes first). We invite you to make our pediatric practice a dental home for your child.Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases, and all children are susceptible—some more than others. For that reason, your pediatrician might recommend that your child get a fluoride varnish treatment that can be repeated two to four times per year. The treatment recommendation is based on how high ...

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"Bottlemouth Syndrome" - What It Is and Why It Happens

Bottlemouth syndrome is a type of tooth decay that occurs in very young children typically during infancy and when they are toddlers. It is the result of exposure to sugary liquids such as juice, or even milk for long periods of time, usually carried around in a bottle or used at night or during naps. Bottlemouth syndrome usually leads to decay of baby teeth and may require complex dental care or even oral surgery for your child. Your Oak Lawn pediatric dentist explains how you can protect your child's oral health and prevent bottlemouth syndrome.The Importance of Baby TeethYour child's gums and baby teeth are the foundation for the adult ...

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Back-to-School: Packing a Lunch for a Healthier Smile

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It’s tough for parents to plan every meal. A lot goes into planning something nutritious and tasty for the every member of the family. If you follow a few guidelines, however, it is easy to avoid the foods that can negatively impact your teeth.Ditch the JuiceWhile juice may seem like a healthy alternative to soda, it contains high amounts of sugar and acid that can soften enamel, causing tooth decay. A thermos filled with water is the best choice for hydration at lunchtime. Not only does it wash away food particles after eating, it also promotes healthy saliva production to assist with preventing gum disease and decay.Avoid the SweetsCandy can ...

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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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