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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 Nature

Kids 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 or 
fruit 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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How Do Cavities Form? Part I: Sugar

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There are many myths and plenty of misinformation out there regarding cavity formation.  In this three-part series, I hope to dispel some of those myths and give you information that will help keep your child’s teeth healthy.

Cavity formation requires three things – sugar, bacteria, and time.  If any one of these three factors is missing, a cavity will not form.  While cavities form from the same factors, some individuals are certainly more prone to cavities than others.  For cavity-prone people, these ideas are even more important, as they will have to work harder to keep their teeth healthy than their peers.

Fermentable carbohydrates, particularly sugar, are one of the three factors ...

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What Makes a Healthy Snack for My Toddler?

Healthy Snacks for Your Toddler | Palos Pediatric Dentistry

Toddlers consume a lot of calories – to support both their high level of activity and their growing bodies.  This is also the age that many children become pickier eaters, and selecting food that is nutritious and accepted by your toddler can be a challenge.  In many busy families, there seems to be a trend of more snacking and fewer “family meals”.  When it comes to keeping your toddler’s teeth cavity-free, snacking can be a real challenge.

One of the main factors regarding cavity formation in toddlers is “length of exposure”, meaning how long each day are a toddler’s teeth covered with sugar?  My classic examples of this are fruit juice ...

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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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Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

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If you want extra insurance against cavities and are seeking dental sealants in Palos Heights, we can help.

Even with the best home care routine and excellent intentions, you may fins that your child has tooth decay, in spite of your best efforts. The truth is that toothbrushes are great at removing plaque and bacteria from children’s teeth when used properly, but the bristles may not always be able to reach those really deep grooves where bacteria like to hide.

Deep groves, common especially in children’s teeth, can make it difficult to prevent decay, but not impossible. To give your little one added protection, we offer dental sealants in our Palos Heights ...

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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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What Are Dental Sealants?

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If your child is particularly prone to dental decay, we have a secret weapon that fights cavities! We offer dental sealants in our Palos Heights pediatric dental office.

Dental sealants install a barrier between decay-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. They are easy to apply and match the color of your child’s teeth. We simply paint dental sealants into the deep grooves of your child’s teeth, primarily in back teeth, where decay is most likely to develop. They are long lasting and can provide additional protection for up to five years, as long as they do not sustain damage. We will check your little one’s dental implants at each dental exam ...

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