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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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Merry Christmas!

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With the year coming to an end, life gets hectic and a pediatric dental office gets very busy.  The kids are out of school and anxiously awaiting Santa Claus, and parents are rushing to get their kids into the dentist while the kids are off school and parents are off from work.  But I wanted to take a second to thank all of the patients and families in our practice.  I can speak for everyone at the office that we all truly love coming to work every day, and we appreciate the time we’re able to spend with you and your kids.  You are the ones who make my job ...

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Brushing Tips for Children

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When it comes to oral health, everyone is different, including kids! It's important for parents to help guide children into great oral health habits. Here's some tips on how to brush correctly for children: 

  • Finding a brush: Always choose a brush with soft bristles and a small head, which is normal for children's brushes. You can of course also choose brushes that your child will enjoy, as this can help to encourage them through the oral health learning process!
  • Holding the toothbrush: Many children struggle to hold a toothbrush at first. You can make this easier by using a rubber band to hold the brush in your child's hand, or you can attach the ...

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Dental X-rays – One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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There has been coverage in the media regarding the safety of dental x-rays, especially in children.  Our office is committed to providing the safest and highest level of care for your children.  We are particularly sensitive to the risks of exposure to ionizing radiation, especially in children.  Our office takes special precautions to minimize your child’s exposure to radiation.

Dental x-rays allow for early detection of cavities between the teeth.  They also are helpful to determine the extent of decay and proximity to the nerve of the tooth.  A dental x-ray may also show developmental anomalies, cysts, and tumors.  It is important that the dentist weigh the benefits of detecting pathology ...

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Pregnancy and Oral Health

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Whether you're already expecting a baby or preparing for pregnancy, there are many important points to consider during pregnancy that can affect the health of your child.  While your obstetrician will have many do's and don't's, many times oral health takes a back seat during this time.  Here's a few tips to consider that will help you and your child have healthy teeth!

Will my baby have my teeth?

Well, funny you should ask.  We know that when babies have cavity-causing bacteria in their mouths, 25-100% of the time those bacteria came from mom (depending on which study you read)!  That's right, cavities are caused by a specific strain of bacteria that ...

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Your Child's First Visit

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Children learn dental habits at a young age that can carry on through their childhood. While many parents think that teaching their children good oral hygiene isn’t important until they grow their adult teeth, this is actually far from the truth. Your child’s first dental visit should be about six months after their first teeth grow in to no later than three years old. Palos Pediatric Dentistry specializes in children’s dentistry and can help your child develop good dental hygiene habits early.

Importance of Early Dental Visit

They will be more comfortable with dentists – Many adults experience anxiety when they have to go to the dentist, so it is likely your ...

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