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Hoffman Estates Dentist Says Caring for Children's Teeth is All About the Details

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Dr. Lars Johnson, a dentist in Hoffman Estates, provides pediatric and family dental services.

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL, July 16, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- From the first words to first steps, a child's life is filled with major milestones. This is also true of health milestones, including cutting a first tooth, losing a tooth, and even having wisdom teeth start to come in. As a children's dentist in Hoffman Estates, Dr. Lars Johnson says caring for a child's teeth is all about ensuring children meet these milestones with healthy teeth and gums.

"When it comes to a child's dental health, good habits really do start early," explains Dr. Johnson. "One of these habits is to start bringing your child to regular dentist visits at or around his or her first birthday."

Dr. Johnson prides himself on being a dentist who focuses on the details. This is especially true for a young child's teeth and gums. He says at this first dental visit, he can already identify potential problems, such as gum irritation, that could later affect a child's teeth.

While a child's first teeth may not be permanent, they can indicate a lot about a child's dental health. For example, a growing problem is "baby bottle tooth decay" or simply "bottle mouth," where parents are giving a child a bottle with juice or milk to drink at night in their cribs or constantly throughout the day. While the bottle can be a source of comfort to a child, it can also lead to early tooth decay that affects how a child's permanent teeth come in.

As a gentle and knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Johnson offers parents education and solicited advice on how to prevent bottle mouth and other childhood-related tooth issues. From tips on reducing teething pain to teaching a child how to brush his or her teeth, Dr. Johnson fosters positive dentist-patient relationships from an early age. He says helping a child grow accustomed to visiting his Hoffman Estates dentist's office makes him or her more comfortable with seeking dental care for many years to come.

In addition to education, Dr. Johnson offers child-specific dental services that include dental sealants. These protective coatings are painted over a child's back molars to prevent decay. Dr. Johnson can also provide assistance and dental care if a child experiences a dental emergency while playing or engaging in sports. Examples of dental emergencies include a knocked-out tooth or broken tooth. He can also create custom mouthguards at his dentist's office to give an added layer of protection against common dental injuries.

"Our entire dental staff understands the unique needs children have at each phase of their development," Dr. Johnson says. "We're proud to partner with parents to ensure children grow to be healthy adults with healthy teeth."

To learn more about children's dentistry services offered at Dr. Johnson's Hoffman Estates dentist's office, please call (847) 934-8070. To learn about additional services, office hours or to make an online appointment request, please visit Dr. Johnson's website at www.ForestEdgeDental.com.

About Forest Edge Dental:
Dr. Lars Johnson was born and raised in Schaumburg. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and was honored with the "International College of Dentists Award" in recognition of a student who demonstrated the most dedication and commitment to dentistry. Dr. Johnson has been practicing in the Chicago suburbs for over nine years and just recently became the owner of Forest Edge Dental in 2011. Joining Dr. Johnson at Forest Edge Dental is Dr. Kenneth Kite. Dr. Kite received his dental degree from the Loyola University School of Dentistry in Maywood, IL in 1973. He spent a year as an associate in Peoria, IL before opening his first office in Des Plaines in 1974. Dr. Kite opened his second office in Hoffman Estates in 1980 where he has practiced since.

Media Contact:
Dr. Lars Johnson
1722 W. Algonquin Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
(847) 934-8070

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