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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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Here’s What You Need to Know About Root Canals on Baby Teeth

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Often times, especially since our Naperville dentists for kids focus on prevention, we can avoid more extensive treatments like root canals on baby teeth. However, there are occasions when a primary tooth is damaged to the point that a root canal is recommended. This can be pretty surprising for parents. After all, the baby teeth are going to fall out anyway, so what’s the point in saving them? Well, those adorable little pearly whites serve a number of important purposes, including helping with chewing and speaking and saving room for the permanent teeth to erupt properly. That’s why if it isn’t close to the time when the tooth would fall out naturally, it can be beneficial to try and save it and opt for a baby root canal over an extraction.
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Common Dental Problems in Kids and How We Fix Them

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Considering we offer Naperville dental treatment for kids here at Innovative Pediatric Dentistry, we’ve pretty much seen it all. Yet, there are common dental problems in kids that tend to crop up more often than others, ranging from prolonged thumb sucking to childhood tooth decay. Sometimes, in spite of your very best oral hygiene efforts, issues occur. Hey, it happens. The good news is, we have the training, expertise and technology to treat kids’ dental problems quickly, comfortably and effectively so you can preserve their adorable little smile and let the primary teeth continue to play important roles in their oral development. These are the most common dental problems in kids and how we treat them at our pediatric dental practice:
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When Do Kids Start to Lose Baby Teeth? Check Out Our Smile Timeline!

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When do babies get their first tooth? When do kids start to lose baby teeth? When does the first permanent tooth come in? As Naperville pediatric dentists, these are questions we hear all of the time. Of course, as parents, it’s natural to want to make sure your child’s oral development is on track. Well, first, we have to say, as with most things in your kiddo’s life, there is a fairly wide age range for what’s considered the norm. So, there’s no need to panic if your child’s first loose tooth doesn’t happen at six years on the nose even if their classmates are losing baby teeth left and right. To get a clearer understanding, we’ve put together a handy dandy, printable smile timeline.
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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids’ Healthy Teeth and Gums

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Happy 2019! Now that a brand new year is underway and resolution season is in full swing, why not make some resolutions related to kids’ healthy teeth and gums? By prioritizing your child’s smile, you can set the stage for a lifetime of awesome oral health! Not sure where to start? Well, being the super helpful Naperville pediatric dentists we are, we’re sharing some great New Year’s resolutions for your kiddo’s pearly whites.
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