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Child Dental Care Tips for the New School Year

A smiling young boy wearing a backpack at school.

Even if you didn’t get the chance to schedule a back-to-school dental exam for your child before the school year started, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until winter break. It also doesn’t mean you can’t help your child protect their smile at home.

Continue reading to learn some helpful child dental care tips that you can implement every day.

Tips for Maintaining Your Child’s Dental Health After School Starts

  • Reestablish A Healthy Dental Routine
    In the summertime, it’s easy to miss a brushing session or two. To reestablish a good dental care routine, encourage your child to brush and floss their teeth at designated times. You can make it fun by turning it into a family activity or syncing teeth brushing with their favorite song.

  • Schedule An Early Bedtime

    Getting enough sleep is essential to maintaining both your overall health and dental health. Ensure your child gets enough sleep to help protect their smile, general well-being, and do well in school.

  • Limit Sugary Beverages and Snacks

    Keep sugar content in mind when selecting snacks and lunch items for the back-to-school season. Excessive sugar consumption can cause cavities. Acidic beverages like soda and sparkling water can also lead to dental erosion. Consider healthier alternatives such as apples, nuts, cheese, juice, and plain water instead.

    When your child does eat something sugary or highly acidic, encourage them to brush their teeth or rinse their mouth out with water afterwards. This will help them maintain their oral hygiene.

  • Ensure Your Child Stays Hydrated

    Staying well-hydrated helps prevent bacteria build-up that causes tooth decay and bad breath. Ensure your child drinks plenty of water throughout the day, and give them a water bottle to take to school.

  • Schedule A Dental Check-Up

    Sometimes a dental exam for school is mandatory before your child can return in the fall. However, many schools don’t require a dental check-up before the first day. If you haven’t had a chance to set up an appointment yet, schedule a dental exam for your child at Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry.

    Try to schedule the appointment on a day where your child gets out of school early, or after school hours. If neither of these options work you can also visit us on weekends. We’re open until 1pm on Saturdays, and as late as 6:30pm on Mondays for your convenience.

Contact Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry for Quality Preventative Dental Care

If you’re searching for a reliable dentist who offers children’s dental cleanings in Palos Heights, IL, contact Chicago KiDDS. Our team knows that dental exams for kids are essential, but not always fun for the patient. Our compassionate professionals will ensure your child’s appointment goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Contact us today to schedule your child’s next dental visit and find out what sets us apart from other pediatric dentists.

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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