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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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The Best Naperville Kids’ Activities to Get You Through the Winter

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There are a lot of things to love about winter: the holidays, building snowmen, winter break and hot chocolate to name a few.

However, with all of the fun stuff, sometimes, the cold weather can mean being stuck indoors, which tends to lead to stir crazy kids. It can be hard to consistently find things to do with kids in Naperville all winter long. Well, Innovative Pediatric Dentistry is here to the rescue!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Naperville kids’ activities to help you keep the little ones entertained this winter.
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7 Tips for Keeping Kids’ Teeth Healthy During the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is quickly approaching. Of course, that means family fun, delicious meals, candles and lights galore, festive music and an abundance of cheer. However, it also means lots and lots of sugar! Unfortunately, the bacteria in the mouth love to snack on sweets and carbohydrates and when they do, they release acids that attack the tooth’s enamel, which can eventually lead to cavities. That’s why the holidays are the sugar bugs’ favorite time of year!
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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends kids have their first dentist visit no later than their first birthday. These early appointments are super important for making sure your child’s smile is healthy and their oral development is on track. Yet, another big benefit is that going to the dentist young lets kids get comfortable and develop a rapport with the practice, making future visits a breeze. We know going to the dentist for the first time can be a little scary. Hey, even adults get nervous about the prospect sometimes! For the kiddos, a lot of this is just a fear of the unknown. There are a number of steps you can take to help alleviate these jitters. Here’s how to prepare your child for their first dental visit to ensure it runs smoothly:

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Baby Teething Guide: Signs, Remedies and What to Expect

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When your baby’s first tiny tooth makes its appearance, it’s a momentous occasion! As Naperville pediatric dentists, there’s nothing we love more than seeing a little one’s smile take shape. Yet, for parents, we know that baby teething often involves a few sleepless nights, uncertainty and lots of drool. To help give you peace of mind and make sure your child’s teething experience goes as smoothly as possible, we’ve put together a baby teething guide. We’re covering everything from the typical baby teeth order to the safest teething remedies. Let’s get started!
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Innovative Dental Partners Has Won a Best of Naperville Award for the 10th Year in a Row!

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Naperville Magazine, a sister publication of Chicago Magazine, gave us the great news that readers voted us the “Best Dentist” in Naperville for the 10th consecutive year! The team here at Innovative Dental Partners, known as Innovative Pediatric Dentistry, Innovative Orthodontic Centers and Naperville Dental Specialists, is so humbled to be recognized by the community! Read More

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5 Pediatric Dental Advancements We’re Most Excited About

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The field of pediatric dentistry is constantly evolving. When working with kids, comfort, efficiency, safety and conservative treatments are the name of the game. Of course, this holds true for adults too but starting children off on the right foot with dental visits and making the experience stress-free for both patients and parents is especially important. At Innovative Pediatric Dentistry, we invest in proven, modern equipment and materials to make appointments safer, speedier, more effective and more enjoyable. Our Naperville pediatric dentists stay up to date on the latest and greatest in technology and our practice is known for its advanced approach to care (and our fun, friendly office too!). So, what is the future of pediatric dentistry shaping up to be? Here are a few pediatric dental advancements we’re most excited about:

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