Children’s & Pediatric Dentistry in Bellevue, WA
Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry – Preventive Dental Care For Kids & Teens
Also known as pediatric dentistry, children’s dentistry is a unique service designed to meet the needs of children and teens. Although baby teeth last only a few years, taking proper care of them can help ensure that the adult teeth are strong and healthy. Baby teeth act as “place holders” for the permanent teeth. Premature lose of a baby tooth can cause severe crowding of the permanent teeth when they erupt later in your child’s development. Maintaining your child’s baby teeth can help minimize expensive orthodontic care later. In addition, your child will rely on their baby teeth for chewing and speaking until they fall out, so it is important to keep them strong. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that early childhood dental caries, a bacterial infection, is 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma in young children.
Although they have adult teeth, older kids and teenagers are not yet adults. They continue to have unique dental needs that are best cared for under a thorough children’s dentistry program. We offer a comprehensive solution to your child’s changing dental needs in our state of the art Bellevue, WA location.
Children’s Dentistry FAQ
Here are some of the most frequent questions we are asked about our pediatric dentist services.
When should my child start dental care?
The American Dental Association recommends that you have your baby’s teeth checked around his or her first birthday. Many pediatricians handle this visit, in which you will learn how to properly brush the baby’s teeth and how to deal with teething problems.
We typically encourage parents to bring in their kids for regular visits beginning at age 3, unless you have a specific question or concern. At this point, your child is old enough to brush his or her own teeth with assistance, and to start getting familiar with basic dental procedures.
How much toothpaste should my child use?
Avoid using toothpaste for babies under age 2, as the risks of swallowing the toothpaste are high. A pea-sized drop of toothpaste on a child-sized toothbrush is perfect for children ages 2 to 6. Older kids can use the same amount of toothpaste as adults. Make sure your child spits out rather than swallowing excess toothpaste.
What can I do about my child’s toothache?
Rinse the sore spot with salt water and use a cold compress on the outside of the face to minimize swelling. Give your child Tylenol for pain and call us as soon as possible. While it is a popular folk remedy, rubbing aspirin on the gums is not recommended.
What do I do if my child knocks out a tooth?
Stay calm and find the tooth. Gently wash the tooth off to remove any debris and immediately attempt to reinsert the tooth in the mouth. Timing is critical! Getting the tooth back in the mouth within the first twenty minutes improves the chances of the tooths long term health dramatically! If you cannot replace the tooth yourself apply pressure to your child’s face to stop the bleeding and keep the tooth moist by any means at hand including putting the tooth under your tongue if no other options are available. Bring both your child and the tooth to the nearest open dental office or emergency room.
Tips On A Successful Visit To The Dentist For Your Child
We want you and your child to be comfortable and relaxed at every visit, so we have put together some articles on what to expect. We invite you to read through these pages to help you better understand our approach to children’s dentistry.
What is a Happy Visit?
Our innovative approach begins with a Happy Visit. On or around your child’s third birthday, we invite you to bring him or her to our office for a special introductory tour that is full of fun. In this article, we explain why this approach sets the stage for a lifetime of pleasant dentistry.
Fluoride: How much is too much?
Fluoride has been an important component of children’s dental health for many years, but it turns out that you can have too much of a good thing. What sources of fluoride are available to you, and how do you strike the perfect balance between too much and not enough? This article provides a helpful guide to navigating the fluoride debate.
Early Orthodontic Evaluation
Our dentists will evaluate the positioning of your child’s teeth at every visit. However, we believe that age 7 is the optimal time for a full orthodontic evaluation. In this article, we review what is involved in this evaluation and why it is so important.
We treat the entire family, from children to grandparents. In this article, we provide background information on some of the most common dental treatments for adult family members.
Our Dentists Are Experts At Pediatric Dental Care
Your child’s journey to a lifetime of dental health begins now. We invite you to call our office today to schedule your child’s Happy Visit. If you are already a patient, we can also arrange to welcome your child during one of your regularly scheduled cleanings. To set up an appointment or speak with our knowledgeable office staff, call Family Dental Care of Bellevue at 425-643-5778.