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How to Handle Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

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At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to make kids as comfortable as possible when they see us. But we know the reality is that some children will still feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. Some children may also have special needs, which can limit their understanding of what it means to visit the dentist. These children might need sedation dentistry at our Palos Heights Practice.

Evaluating Your Child’s Needs

Pediatric dentist Dr. Richard Facko is experienced when it comes to assessing your child’s needs in the dental chair. He carefully weighs the pros and cons of using sedation dentistry, considering your child as well as your own wishes. You can ...

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Sealants: What They Are and Why We Might Recommend Them for Your Child

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If you have children, you want to do everything you can to prevent them from developing cavities. To that end, your Palos Heights, IL dentist might recommend sealant treatment. What are sealants? And are they worth it for your child?

Let’s take a look at dental sealants.

What They Are

Essentially, a sealant is a plastic coat that is placed on the surface of the posterior (back) teeth. The sealant provides a buffer between the tooth and tooth decay.

Why They Are Placed

The molars in the back of the mouth have a lot of grooves in them, which are ideal places for bacteria to collect and decay to develop. Sometimes these grooves are quite ...

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Nitrous Oxide for Anxious Kids

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Whenever possible, we work with families to help prevent cavities in children.  From healthy diet to brushing techniques, our office focuses on prevention at each check-up visit.  Sometimes, children with cavities are referred from other offices.  At other times, despite everyone's best efforts, one of our regular patients is diagnosed with cavities.  Don't worry!  We have plenty of treatment options to keep your children safe and comfortable throughout the whole process!

For children without anxiety, or with a minimal amount of anxiety related to dental treatment, nitrous oxide may be the perfect treatment option.  The greatest benefit of nitrous oxide is that it has minimal side effects.  It is often adequate ...

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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 Teeth

Your 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 Juice

While 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 Sweets

Candy 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 Health

Bacteria 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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