WELCOME to Just Kidz Dentistry!

"We're in this together"

Just Kidz Dentistry is a dental office designed especially for children! A place where parents can be involved in the dental treatment of their child.

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What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems,your child should see a pediatric dentist within 6 months after the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday whichever comes first.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or "baby", teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healty habits.

Meet Your Doctors!

Christa Y. Spates, D.D.S.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work another day in your life"  is a quote that Dr. Spates strongly believes. This mantra allowed her to develop Just Kidz Dentistry over 10 years ago in Peoria, Illinois. She believes in gentle, compassionate dental care. She also believes that going to the dentist can be an enjoyable experience for children.

Dr. Spates completed dental school at the Medical College of Virginia where she discovered her passion for treating kids. She later completed her pediatric dental residency at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she served as Chief Resident. She also spent an additional year as a fellow training future pediatric dentists and completing her research in the Hematology division. Dr. Spates is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists and the American Dental Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She also enjoys traveling and various types of exercise.

Krupa Jani, D.M.D.

Dr. Jani was born in India, and has spent her childhood in India and Nigeria before moving to the United States.

Dr. Jani graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2006. She later completed her two-year pediatric dental specialty training at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where she was appointed to be the Chief Resident during her second year.

Dr. Jani loves working with the fun and compassionate team members at Just Kidz Dentistry. She believes in caring for every patient as if they were a part of her family, and strives to provide the best experience for each patient. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading non-fiction, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Jani is a Diplomate of the American Board Pediatric Dentistry.

Dental Library

Age One Dental Visit
Early evaluation, prevention, education and treatment — the Age One Visit can cover a lot of ground for your baby's first visit to the dentist. The immediate diagnosis and treatment of emerging dental problems can help build a foundation of good dental health for your child — and your entire family — that will last a lifetime…Read Article

Losing A Baby Tooth
Baby teeth are important; they are guides for the permanent adult teeth to erupt or come into place properly. It's also important to make sure that the baby teeth are lost in the right sequence and if they are lost prematurely, that the space that they formerly occupied is maintained to make proper room for the adult teeth that will replace them.Read Article

Sealants for Children
Dental sealants are a clear and protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects the tooth by shielding it against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on children's permanent back teeth because they are more prone to cavities.Read Article

Thumb Sucking in Children
Sucking fingers or thumbs is completely normal for babies and young children. Babies actually begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born. Creative strategies, as well as offer positive reinforcement techniques can be used to gently cut back and stop these habits. Read Article

Pregnancy & Oral Health
Pregnancy is generally thought of as the time when a woman strives to be particularly aware of the need for "health." Many women though may not be aware of the link that exists between their oral health and their systemic (general) health, as well as the impact that many other factors can have on a developing child. Learn about how to care for yourself and your baby…Read Article

Expectant Mothers — Dental Facts You Need To Know
The best thing you can do as an expectant mother is to nurture and maintain your own dental and general health. It's best to eat a balanced diet and avoid starchy and sugary snacks between meals. A healthy and balanced diet will provide you with the calcium, phosphorus and other vitamins and minerals needed for your baby's teeth and bones. Read Article

Topical Fluoride
Fluoride has a unique ability to strengthen enamel. Your child's risk for decay will be monitored, as well as diet and dental plaque control. These factors will determine if sealants are recommended for the surfaces that are more prone to decay and that the toothbrush can't reach.Read Article

What is Tooth Decay? — And How to Prevent It!
Tooth Decay is an infection, and many people don't realize that it is preventable. This article is the first in a series about tooth decay, perhaps the number one reason children and adults lose teeth during their lifetime. Explore the causes of tooth decay, its prevention and the relationship to bacteria, sugars and acids…Read Article


We hope to gain your trust through our caring educated team, building a common ground through communication.

We care for your child as an individual and as such, we believe in a whole-listic treatment approach to help them grow in a safe, nurturing, comforting environment.

Our daily goal is to provide excellent service and education through our dedicated happy team.


1320 W. Northmoor Rd., Ste.A
Peoria, IL 61614

124 Eastgate Dr., #3
Washington, IL 61571

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