Super Fun Projects for Kids to do at Home

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With schools still closed and playdates temporarily on hold, we know it can be tough to keep kids engaged and entertained. Well, the team at Innovative Pediatric Dentistry is here to help! We’ve rounded up some super fun projects for kids to do at home while you’re social distancing. From DIY experiments to arts and crafts with household items, these ideas will add a little excitement to your child’s day.

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At Innovative Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to the safety of our patients and staff. We are very excited to start seeing our patients again, and we have put in place advanced protocols to make your visit safe. Please read below for a quick introduction to these steps, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Facemasks & Hand Sanitizer 

Every patient will be asked to wear a face mask or facial covering and to thoroughly disinfect their hands before entering the clinical area of our practice. 

Pre-Screening of Every Patient

A quick health questionnaire along with a no-touch temperature check will be completed when you arrive at our office.

One Parent or Guardian Only 

For now, we request just one parent or guardian to accompany a patient up to the office entrance. For patients 3 years old and younger, one parent or guardian will be required in the treatment room. 

Safety Champion 

Each day, one person will be designated to guide our Commitment to Safety. This includes greeting patients, answering questions, ensuring social distancing, and overall monitoring.

Teeth Brushing

Please brush your teeth before arriving at the office. Our brushing stations are temporarily paused. 

No Magazines or Activities 

We temporarily paused our kidzFlix cinema, kidzCave arcade room, iBar and coffee & tea stations. This may make our reception area a little less exciting, but it makes it much safer as well. 

Social Distancing in Effect

Our treatment chairs are all spaced 6 feet apart, so there’s plenty of room between patients. 

Cleaning After Every Appointment

Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting protocols are in place to keep you safe and healthy. 

CDC-Approved Instrument Sterilization

 As always, we will continue our high-level disinfection between patients, hospital grade sterilization of instruments, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment.

Antimicrobial Rinse

Every patient will be asked to rinse with antiseptic mouth rinse prior to treatment. 

Appointment Rescheduling 

Please reschedule your appointment if anyone in your household has been sick in the last 14 days. 

Advanced Staff Training & Health Checks 

Each member of our team has completed additional awareness and prevention programs to enhance their knowledge to provide safe dental care. Each day, we complete health checks for our team with no-touch temperature checks and a quick set of questions. 

Thank you for your understanding as we work together to achieve your best smile! As the situation continues to progress, we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening in the office. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! We are looking forward to seeing you soon! 

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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