Children’s Dentistry
in New Lenox, IL

Infants, children, and adolescents are more than welcome to visit us for dental treatment. With children’s dentistry, it’s important to us to make each dental visit a pleasant one. Children can be fidgety and unwilling to have their teeth examined or cleaned, which is understandable, especially if it’s their first time. Our caring team will go the extra mile to put your child at ease and show them that dental care is a good thing!

The CDC states that approximately 20% of children between ages 5 and 11 have at least one untreated case of tooth decay. Kids are prone to cavities and tooth decay thanks to the sugary foods and snacks they favor, but with proper care and regular visits to the dentist, your child does not have to be a part of that 20%!

Contact Lincolnway Dental Associates at (815) 462-4838 to schedule a dental appointment for your child today!

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When Does My Child need to Start Seeing the Dentist?

It may come as a surprise that children as young as 12 months are old enough to start seeing a dentist. Generally, we recommend setting up your child’s first appointment when they are a year old, or 6 months after the eruption of their very first tooth. For many infants, primary teeth can start coming in at around 6 months.

Young Mother With A Child Brushing Teeth In The Morning

Instill Healthy Dental Care Habits Early

Getting your child to accept and comply with teeth brushing as they grow up can be challenging. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than half of children in the US between ages 12 and 19 experience some form of tooth decay.

Here are some helpful recommendations to get your child on board with dental care so they can avoid costly (and sometimes painful) oral problems later:

  • Start your child’s dental care routine by their first birthday.
  • Brush your teeth with your child for 2 minutes twice daily so they can observe you doing it. Children pick up lots of habits from their parents, so set the example!
  • Make sure your child isn’t consuming too much sugar every day. Get them used to drinking more water (and less juice) and limit their snacking to just a few times a day.
  • When in doubt, contact your dentist! We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have regarding your child’s dental health and care.