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Lake Zurich Dentists Caring for Smiles

Tips for Healthy Teeth

girl with braces getting a checkupA child’s smile is constantly growing, evolving and impacting the final appearance of a soon-to-be adult set of teeth.

Because many children’s dental problems can be avoided, we want to equip your family with vital information that can keep teeth strong for years to come.

When Should Children See a Pediatric Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children see a dentist around the time their first tooth erupts (approximately six months old) and no later than their first birthday. While these visits may seem early, they provide our experts with a chance to intercept possible concerns or habits that lead to more extensive issues down the road.

Understanding Tooth Decay

Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria that live off of the foods and drinks we consume. Natural and artificial sugars, along with processed foods, cause biofilm to thrive and impact the extend of acids they create. As the outer layer of enamel begins to demineralize or decalcify, bacteria graduate creates a hole (cavity) in the enamel. Cavities are non-reversible and must be physically cleaned out, with the space repaired via filling or other restoration.

As a bacterial infection, untreated decay can easily spread to adjacent teeth.

Home Care for Kids

Good oral hygiene practices start at a young age. Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • Start brushing your child’s teeth twice daily as soon as the first one erupts.
  • Use a tiny smear of fluoridated toothpaste until your child is around 3 years old, then use a pea-sized amount.
  • Help your child brush his or her teeth until they’re able to tie their own shoes.
  • Floss the teeth once each day, especially those that touch side by side.
  • Schedule preventive care appointments every six months.

Diet Choices and Dental Health

Tap water contains regulated fluoride levels that are ideal for healthy tooth development. In contrast, bottled water, sports drinks, juices, sweet tea and sodas contain natural and artificial sugars that feed plaque and lead to acid production, which causes cavities.

Make sweets an occasional treat, but otherwise encourage your child to eat non-processed foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, yogurt and cheese.

Bedtime Practices

Putting your baby to bed with a cup or bottle of anything other than water can quickly lead to “baby bottle tooth decay”. This severe disease is often seen in infants and toddlers that sip on cups of milk or juice at nap time, bedtime or throughout the day.

Schedule Your Child’s First Visit Today

At Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC, we’re committed to making your child’s visit with us one that’s comfortable and positive. Contact us today to book your first appointment. We’re open early and on Saturdays.


Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC | (847) 726-0300