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Children’s Dentistry – Lake in the Hills, IL

mouth exam dentist young girlWhen your child looks up at you and shows off their pearly whites, you know how important it is to keep their smile strong and healthy. That’s why our office here at Compassionate Dental Care are dedicated to giving your kids extra special attention when you schedule their dental appointments with us. Our office is bright and welcoming, and we strive to give them positive dental experiences to move forward with on their journey to great oral health as they continue to grow.

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit

baby pacifierOur office often receives calls from parents asking what it’s really like for their child to visit Compassionate Dental Care for the very first time. As mentioned above, we want to provide positive dental experiences for all of the little ones that visit our office, giving them the right idea about dental care and dentists.

Typically, their first visit is used to get familiar with our office and team members. Dr. Tim Stirneman and his team are very friendly and inviting, working patiently to teach you and your little one about the best dental care practices.

Then, our dentists will evaluate the development of their smile and clean any of their existing teeth.

When to Bring Your Child in to See the Dentist

dental office dentist chairAnother common question we get is when is the right time to first bring children to visit their local dentist? We like to follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation of seeing the dentist by the time they turn one year old. If they erupt teeth before they turn one, you can bring them in, early. The earlier, the better!

Protecting Your Child’s Teeth at Home

These appointments are also a time that we can talk to you about the best way to care for their teeth and gums at home. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Brush your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and water only if they’re not developed enough to spit.
  • You can start flossing their teeth as soon as they have two teeth that sit side by side.
  • You should be the one brushing your children’s teeth until they are six or seven years old. After that, they can begin brushing their teeth on their own.
  • Monitor your child’s brushing and flossing habits to make sure they are brushing for at least two minutes a day and flossing between every tooth.

Contact Compassionate Dental Care today to schedule a visit for your child the next time you’re free! Our friendly staff warmly welcomes patients of all ages from Lake in the Hills, IL and surrounding areas.

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