COVID-19 UPDATES

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We are navigating the current progression of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with an abundance of caution.
As the situation continues to evolve, we are diligently following the CDC recommendations, as well as implementing guidelines from our state and local health departments, the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

In an effort to do our part in flattening the curve and protecting our patients as a community, we made the decision to close our office as of March 18th through April 21st and reschedule all routine (non-urgent) dental appointments and non-emergent dental procedures. Please plan on rescheduling these appointments in the next 6 to 8 weeks. We will have a doctor on call should you have a dental emergency, please contact the office directly.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

Innovative Pediatric Dentistry Team

10 Tooth Fairy Ideas That Will Delight Your Kids

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The Tooth Fairy is one busy fairy. She makes her way all around the world slipping treats under kids’ pillows in exchange for their teeth and she does it without waking anyone up. Talk about talent! However, with her doing so much work on her own, sometimes she needs a little help from parents to really bring the magic. Here are some fun Tooth Fairy ideas for making special memories with your child: Read More

Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Kids

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Flossing once daily and brushing twice a day are super important habits for warding off childhood tooth decay and gum disease. Most parents have a pretty good idea about general oral hygiene. Yet, where we get a lot of questions at our Naperville kids’ dentistry practice is surrounding toothpaste. Is fluoride safe for babies? When is it okay to start using toothpaste for kids? Well, we’ve got all of your answers in our guide to choosing the best toothpaste for kids from infancy through the school-aged years. Read More

A Parent’s Guide to Habit-Breaking Appliances

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As a Naperville dentist for kids, a lot of parents seek us out because they’re worried about their child using a pacifier or sucking their thumb. These habits are completely normal in infants and sucking is a natural instinct. In fact, some babies even suck their fingers and thumbs in the womb! However, when oral habits, including thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, continue past the first few years of life, severe malocclusion (an improper bite) can occur. For kiddos who have a really difficult time kicking the habit, when all else fails, habit-breaking appliances may be indicated.

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What are Dental Sealants and How Can They Protect My Child’s Teeth?

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Preventative dentistry really is the best dentistry. By intercepting problems before they even start, you can avoid extensive, costly dental treatment for kids. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is with protective dental sealants. As a Naperville pediatric dentist, we recommend dental sealants for most of our patients once their first permanent molars come in because they keep their teeth strong and healthy.

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Why Dental Care is so Important for Kids With Special Needs

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If you have children, you know how difficult it can be to get them excited about taking care of their teeth. If you have kids with special needs, getting them to brush and floss every day, or visit the dentist, can feel nearly impossible. Children with cognitive, developmental, emotional, physical or medical conditions may experience heightened anxiety or discomfort when it comes to dental care (both at home and at the dentist). Handling their unique needs requires patience, understanding and compassion.

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Summer Foods and Drinks with Lots of Sugar & What to Give Your Kids Instead

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Can you believe there’s only one month left of summer? Neither can we! That’s why the team at Innovative Pediatric Dentistry is soaking up everything summer has to offer before the colder weather begins to set in, including our favorite summer foods and drinks. We’re sure your kids are enjoying all the popsicles and ice cream too.

But while we love the warmer months as much as the patients at our Naperville pediatric dentistry office, the summer season also typically means a break from routine. Maybe you let your kids stay up a little later than usual or maybe you give them the OK to have that second scoop of ice cream. While this is no big deal in moderation, many summer treats contain a lot more sugar than you might think and can be harmful for your kids’ teeth.

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