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Cavity Prevention and Treatment

Cavity Treatment & Prevention

Preventing and treating cavities is a major part of pediatric dentistry. Roughly 1 in 5 children aged 5-11 years has an untreated cavity (source: cdc.gov), making it a major issue when it comes to children’s healthcare.

While it’s common for children to develop one or more cavities while they are in the process of forming dental habits, it’s far from unavoidable. Diligent care at home and regular visits to the dentist are the foundation of cavity prevention. With the support of their caring parents and some of the best pediatric dentists near Orland Park, most kids are more than capable of fending off tooth decay!

Building Positive Oral Health Habits at Home

The oral health habits that follow a person throughout life are fostered in childhood. A child’s dental needs will change as their baby teeth come in, fall out, and are replaced with permanent teeth. As your child grows, our team will be there to provide personalized instructions at every step.

  • Oral care for babies. While your child is still very young, you can begin wiping their gums after feedings with a clean, soft cloth. As their teeth begin to emerge, using a soft toothbrush can help prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria.
  • Oral care for children. School-aged children should be instructed to brush their own teeth, with supervision, twice per day.

Yes, toothbrush time CAN be fun! Some children have difficulty adjusting to regular brushing, but it’s important not to let them give up. Making toothbrush time more fun with games, toothbrush or paste options, songs, rewards, or storytelling can help engage them in the process and make it seem like more of a treat.

Eating a Tooth-Friendly Diet

Most parents that we meet are already fairly concerned with what their child eats—as they should be! A child’s general and oral health relies, in part, on a healthy diet.

  • Limit certain foods. Sugary and acidic snacks and beverages can be a real threat to your child’s dental health. Sugar molecules and naturally occurring bacteria in your child’s mouth combine to create plaque, a sticky, harmful substance that contributes to tooth decay.
  • Enjoy vitamin and mineral-rich foods. Potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, K, C, and A are known to help build strong bones and healthy guns.
  • Offer water instead of juice. Making sure your child drinks the recommended amount of water can help them stay hydrated, supporting healthy salivation and greater oral health.
  • Try brushing or rinsing after meals and snacks. Getting into the habit of brushing after sweets, or rinsing thoroughly with water, can help reduce the potential for cavities.

Cavity Prevention at the Dentist

Visiting a dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams is essential for your child’s healthy development. During each visit, we will use specialized tools to clear away buildup in areas of your child’s mouth that can’t be reached with a regular toothbrush. Your child’s dentist will check to see that their smile is developing correctly and identify any issues that need to be addressed.

Regular visits also provide us with an opportunity to check in with you and your child about how care at home is going. We’ll make sure that you know what, if any, new steps need to be taken at home to respond with their changing dental needs. This is also an ideal time to answer any questions you or your child may have about their smile.

In addition to counseling you and your child on age-appropriate home care, our pediatric dentists can also make recommendations for additional preventative treatments. For example, at Chicago kiDDS, we often suggest dental sealants for cavity prevention.

Treatment for Cavities

While preventing cavities is always the preferable solution, our office is always prepared to help patients who have developed a cavity. During regular visits, your child will be thoroughly screened for cavities with a visual inspection of their teeth and possibly an x-ray.

If a cavity is found, it is likely that the tooth decay will need to be removed and corrected with a dental filling. At Chicago kiDDS, we use the safest, most effective dental filling treatments, always keeping your child’s comfort-level in mind.

Visit the Best Pediatric Dentist Near Orland Park

Are you looking for a clean, professional, and welcoming dental office to visit time and time again as your child grows? Chicago kiDDS, home to the best pediatric dentists near Orland Park, can be that place for you!

We work hard to make sure that every patient we see has a positive experience during their appointment. Contact us today to book a visit.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

What Our Patients Say
Dr. Neal is the best! From the first time I took my son to see him I've never had any complaints. The staff is so friendly and the office is so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry

Elva Ortiz-Espinoza

This place is awesome! We have been going here for 3 years now and they are amazing with my daughter. She loves going to the dentist!

Jessica Noble

We were recently in the Chicago area visiting family when my 5 yr old son chipped a tooth while playing with his cousins. My sister-in-law called Chicago Kidds (her kid's dentist) to see if they could see my son on short notice. Not only did they squeeze him in on what appeared to be a very busy day, the staff was very friendly and they did a great job fixing the tooth. Thanks Chicago Kidds, you guys are awesome!

Dan H.

Best children’s dentist in the southern suburbs! They are patient and kind with the kids, explaining their procedures every step of the way. Office staff are super friendly. Sanitization and distance procedures are currently in place. My kids actually like going to the dentist.

Margarita W

What an awesome experience! They were highly recommended by numerous friends and they definitely lived up to it. The staff was so great with my kids. I am so happy that we found them. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. The doctor was great too! We'll be back!

Heather W

Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in! They made my kids feel at ease and everyone was extremely friendly. The staff walked my kids through everything. Very child friendly atmosphere. I cant say enough great things about this dentist!!!

Karen K

Dr. Neal is the best! From the first time I took my son to see him I've never had any complaints. The staff is so friendly and the office is so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry

Elva Ortiz-Espinoza

This place is awesome! We have been going here for 3 years now and they are amazing with my daughter. She loves going to the dentist!

Jessica Noble

We were recently in the Chicago area visiting family when my 5 yr old son chipped a tooth while playing with his cousins. My sister-in-law called Chicago Kidds (her kid's dentist) to see if they could see my son on short notice. Not only did they squeeze him in on what appeared to be a very busy day, the staff was very friendly and they did a great job fixing the tooth. Thanks Chicago Kidds, you guys are awesome!

Dan H.

Best children’s dentist in the southern suburbs! They are patient and kind with the kids, explaining their procedures every step of the way. Office staff are super friendly. Sanitization and distance procedures are currently in place. My kids actually like going to the dentist.

Margarita W

What an awesome experience! They were highly recommended by numerous friends and they definitely lived up to it. The staff was so great with my kids. I am so happy that we found them. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. The doctor was great too! We'll be back!

Heather W

Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in! They made my kids feel at ease and everyone was extremely friendly. The staff walked my kids through everything. Very child friendly atmosphere. I cant say enough great things about this dentist!!!

Karen K