Glen Ellyn Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Why Detecting Oral Health Problems Early is Important for your Child

February 8, 2024

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If you’re a parent, you probably have no trouble taking your child to the dentist when they have a toothache or if they happen to chip a tooth. While a dentist’s help is always welcome when your child’s oral health is in jeopardy, this isn’t the only time you should see them.

Arguably the most important appointments your child will have with their dentist are preventive, consisting of regular checkups and cleanings. This is because detecting oral health problems early is critical to keeping them manageable. Here’s why that is.


Why Your Teen Should Visit a Pediatric Dentist

January 10, 2024

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smiling teenager

As kids grow into teenagers, they become more independent and confident in making their own choices. However, some decisions, like choosing a dentist, are still important for parents to make. While many teens might prefer an adult dentist, there are several reasons why they should stick with a pediatric one. Keep reading to discover three reasons why your teenager should continue seeing a pediatric dentist.


3 Toys that Make Dental Care Fun for Kids

December 12, 2023

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Little girl playing dentist with a blue plush dragon

As a parent, one of your most significant roles is caring for the health and well-being of your child which includes their teeth and gums. Unfortunately, many kids get nervous about visiting their pediatric dentist, especially if it’s their first appointment and they aren’t sure what to expect. Did you know, though, that there are dental toys that can help? Keep reading to learn about 3 fun options that can help your little one learn how to better care for their teeth!


Special Smiles, Special Care: Common Oral Health Problems in Children with Unique Needs

November 24, 2023

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A special needs girl playing at the dentist after her oral health was taken care of

Every parent wants to ensure the oral health of their child. However, when it comes to children with special needs, there are unique challenges to consider. Understanding and addressing these challenges is important to provide dental care tailored to the individual needs of each child.

If you want to learn about common oral health issues that children with special needs face, continue reading. You’ll find the most common problems and strategies for managing them.


5 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Smile Cavity-Free After Halloween

November 1, 2023

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ceramic pumpkin dishes full of Halloween candy

Now that Halloween is over, your child has a mountain of candy that they got from trick-or-treating at their disposal. The problem is, snacking on sweets for weeks on end is a recipe for a cavity-riddled household! To keep your favorite smile healthy and happy, read on for five post-Halloween oral health tips to ward off the lingering threat of decay.


Can Baby Teeth Need Fillings?

September 13, 2023

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Smiling baby

A child’s first set of teeth is often thought of as a practice set that gives them a chance to make mistakes before the permanent smile comes in. Since kids are prone to eating too much sugar and often reluctant to brush, they might develop cavities on one or more of their baby teeth. The parents of such a child might ask, “Since the tooth is going to fall out anyway, does our child really need a filling?” Read on to find out about whether baby teeth need fillings along with ways to prevent cavities in young children.


4 Books to Help Your Child Feel Less Anxious about the Dentist

August 10, 2023

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Young girl high-fiving dentist in exam room

As a parent, teaching your child about what happens at the dentist may feel complicated or stressful. The last thing you want to do is scare them, but having a stranger poke around in your mouth doesn’t exactly sound comfortable. Thankfully, there are a lot of resources that can make your job easier. Here are 4 children’s books about going to the dentist that can help your child feel less anxious about their appointment.


Can My Child Safely Use a Teething Ring?

July 12, 2023

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parent smiling and holding baby using a teething ring

In their initial year of life, children experience teething as their first set of teeth starts emerging from their gums. While this is a natural process, it’s often uncomfortable, and many infants find it difficult to handle the associated discomfort. However, are you aware that using a teething ring can offer a helpful and secure way to alleviate this discomfort? Your pediatric dentist can provide more insights about these special teething toys along with some guidance on their proper usage.


3 Facts About Children’s Dentistry Parents Should Know

May 8, 2023

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child giving a thumbs up at dentist's office

From the eruption of their first tooth to the time they become responsible for their own dental care, your child’s smile undergoes significant transformations. It is during these developmental stages that proper oral care becomes crucial in ensuring their dental health and overall well-being. As your child grows, their dental needs evolve, and it’s crucial to instill good oral health habits early on. Here are three lesser-known facts about children’s dentistry that can help you support your child on their oral health journey.


Why Does My Child Have Sensitive Teeth?

April 6, 2023

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child eating an ice cream cone

You may have seen ads for toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, that stinging feeling you may have experienced when biting into something hot or cold. These products work extremely well at alleviating sensitivity that may be associated with thinning enamel.

However, you may have noticed that just about all of these commercials are aimed at adults—if your child starts to complain of sensitive teeth, you might not necessarily know what to do. If you’re wondering why that may be and what you can do for them, here’s some information you might find helpful.

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