Your Baby’s Teeth
Start wiping your child’s gums and teeth with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze pad when teeth appear. At age 18 months, begin using a small soft-bristled toothbrush and water. At age three, add a pea-sized dab of toothpaste with fluoride when brushing. If your baby is being exclusively breastfed, your pediatrician or dentist may prescribe a fluoride supplement. Consult with a dentist or health care professional by the age of one to discuss your child’s teeth. Start visits to the dentist by the age of two.
Baby Bottle Cavities
Baby teeth are prone to cavities very early on. Letting your child drink at will from a bottle containing milk, breastmilk, formula, fruit juices or sweetened liquids can cause rapid and severe decay. Your child should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water.
Dental Exam Requirements
Illinois law now requires that children in kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades have proof of a dental exam; report cards can be withheld if parents do not take children to visit the dentist.
The Children’s Clinic
Sponsored by Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society
320 W. Lake Street, Oak Park 60302.
Preventive and restorative dental services including endodontics and interceptive orthodontics. Available to low-income children birth to age 18. Accepts Medicaid, All Kids; sliding fee scale. No child is refused care for inability to pay.
PCC South Family Health Center
6201 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn 60402
Diagnostic, preventative, and restorative procedures; endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery; available to PCC patients under the age of 20; accepts All Kids, Medicaid & commercial insurance; sliding fee scale (based on procedure) available to uninsured patients.
Other Dental Resources:
American Dental Association: 312-440-2500
Chicago Dental Society: 312-836-7300
University of Illinois Dental School: 312-996-7530
University of Illinois Pediatric Clinic: 312-996-7532
University of Illinois Orthodontics Clinic: 312-996-7505