VIP Dental Lounge 5120 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
Mon-Thu: 9:30am-6:30pm
Sat: 9:30am-3:00pm
Kids at a dentist
Jul 18

Why you should take your toddler to a dentist early

Taking your toddler to the dentist

There are many reasons to take your toddler to a dentist early. We see kids starting at 18 months onwards. Even though often the visit is only for a checkup, there are still a lot of advantages to take your little one to the dentist. During your visit with your toddler, our goal is:

  1. Provide exposure to dental instruments. Familiarity relieves the fear of coming regularly. Seeing the friendly faces of the dentist, hygienist, and dental assistants go a long way in making kids feel relaxed through their childhood when they visit the dentist. The visit also acquaints them with dental instruments so they are not anxious as they grow up.
  2. Check for early cavities, proper tooth eruption, timing, and location in the mouth.
  3. Look for possible tongue ties that could potentially affect speech. Check for the frenulum position which could signal a gap between future permanent teeth.
  4. Inspect teeth alignment and get tricks and tips to remove habits that cause dental problems such as pacifier use and thumb sucking.
  5. Go over proper techniques on how to brush your child’s teeth and floss when indicated as well as go over dietary habits.

We see a lot of kids and all of our staff has toddlers of their own including myself who has a two and a half year old daughter. You will be surprised at how good kids do with dentists who have been going since they were toddlers. See you and your little one soon!

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Nov 17

What’s new in 2018 at VIP Dental Lounge

Hello VIPs! The new year starts with a LOT of new developments at VIP Dental Lounge. I’m super excited to tell you all about them so here goes!!

  1. We welcome Dr. Sal Nares as our Periodontist. Dr. Nares is an extremely accomplished periodontist who heads Periodontics at University of Illinois at Chicago. Some of you have already met him and we are very fortunate to have him join our team. He is author of 26 scientific articles and 28 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Nares also has been an invited moderator of the Astra Tech World Congress and session chair for the Astra Tech Platform for Exchange of Education and Research Symposium. His accomplishments are too much to share here but you can learn all about Dr. Nares at
  2. Dental Savings Plan: A big reason why a lot of people do not visit a dentist regularly is cost. Did you know 47% of the US population does not have any dental insurance? Without dental insurance, dental treatment can get expensive. As a result, we’re here to announce our new Dental Savings Plan for patients without dental insurance. For details of the savings plan, please visit We’ve made it very affordable to get all the preventative care you need as well as big discounts on all other dental work including Invisalign and Teeth whitening!
  3. New Technology: Technology is our big differentiator. We have invested in 2 major pieces of technology that will help us deliver better care more efficiently. We just purchased a Trios Color Intraoral scanner so replace the gooey impressions that we all hate. Impressions no more. If we are looking to do a crown or say start treatment to straighten teeth, we simply take a very quick scan of your mouth and you are done! We also purchased a CBCT also known as a ConeBeam + Pano. A cone beam creates a 3 dimensional high resolution scan of the area we are looking to investigate. For example, for the best placement for a dental implant, we don’t have to rely on guesswork of bone depth. Instead we do a 3D scan to ensure that there’s adequate bone to support a dental implant
  4. Expansion: And last but not the least, we are EXPANDING! We are currently undergoing construction that is slated to complete by the first week of March. What you will see after construction is complete is a larger reception area including a dedicated children’s area, 2 more dental operatories, and a new photo studio where we can capture your improving smile every step of the way

Here’s to a stellar 2018 both professionally and personally to all of you. Cheers!

-Dr. Lyuda

Nov 17

How to get your little ones to brush!

Having trouble convincing your little one to brush? Let us suggest a few tricks…

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you of their every day struggle to convince their child to brush. Perhaps because it is often linked to their least favoite routine: bedtime. And lets face it, in an average adult schedule, it is not easy to fight a somewhat stuborn toddler and we often copromise. However, chronic plaque on little one’s teeth can lead to the exact same problem as in adults: sore, bleeding gums, bad breath, cavities that might get so severe that a child mght need to have tooth taken out, which can leat to further promblems. I know what you are thinking, they are just baby teth and will be replaced by adult teeth, but child’s molars are not replaced until the age of 9 or older. They serve a very important function in jaw develpmen, proper position for permantn teeth to replace them, proper griding of food for optimal nutrition, and last but not least, child’s self confidence. So here are a few tricks to help make it easier on both you and your child.

1. Make it funKids love toplay games! Perhaps compete who can brush the longest or brush each other’s teeth and see who does a better job. Collect 7 stickers for each day of brushing twice, or set some fun goals, such as going to the park, zoo, museum, etc.

2. Talk in their languageKids don’t respond wll to ‘because I said so’, or ‘you have to do it just because’ well. Give the the reason they can understand. Tell the that mean sugar bugs live in every mouth and that it’s important to brush teeth becaue they like to snack on them. That’s how holes in teeth get created. Teeth get very sad and sick due to that and when they cry we feel pain. Or something along the lines. Children are very emotional and they love to please others.

3. Let them pick out their own toolsLet them be their own judge on tooth paste flavor, floss, type of toothbrush, and or rinse. Let them switch the flavors every time you purchase a new one. Little things get them excited. One great investement is in an electric toothbrush. Little hands don’t have a well defined dexerity to brush well, and electric toothbrush will do the trick. Besides, it also pays music!

4. Be an exampleThis is probably the most important of all. You are your child’s super hero, a role model. You do’t have to wait until your bedtime to brush, but rather spend that time brushing together. Children respond so much better to what we do rather than what we say, and it might become a fun ritual that both of you will cherish forever.