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Give your kids a healthy mouth for life!

Smiling Kid Have you taken your little one to a Children’s dentist in Chicago yet? If he or she is one year old, it’s time! Regular dental visits and good habits are important for preventing cavities and gum disease. They are also important for preventing bad oral health habits later in life.

Caring for kids’ teeth

Oral hygiene begins before any teeth appear. Wiping your baby’s gums with a damp, soft washcloth can help prevent bacteria buildup. As soon as there are teeth, they need to be brushed. Use a soft toothbrush designed for small children; your dentist at Big Smile Dental can help you choose the best one. When your child reaches pre-school age, it’s time to start using toothpaste. Just a little dab, about the size of a pea, is sufficient.

Establishing good habits

Children that grow up practicing good oral hygiene and regularly visiting a gentle, friendly dentist are likely to keep these good habits into adulthood. Kids are curious and eager to learn. A great deal of what they learn is taught by example, and they are proud of themselves when they do “grown-up stuff.” This can be great sometimes, but you may not always want them following your lead.

When mom and dad rarely go to the dentist, or skip brushing once in a while, the kids think that’s the “grown-up” way. One of the best things you can do for your child’s oral health is take care of your own. Of course, it’s important to keep your child’s teeth clean. It’s just as important to let him or her see that you keep your own teeth clean. When you find yourself thinking you just don’t have time to visit the dentist, ask yourself if that’s the message you want to send your kids. Besides, dental care couldn’t get much more convenient. At Big Smile Dental, you have the best children’s dentist, cosmetic dentistry, and routine dental care for adults, all in one location.

Call us today at 773-772-8400 for all of your family’s dental care needs.

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