Protecting your child’s oral health is essential to promoting their proper growth and development. We have extensive experience working with kids of all ages, and our gentle approach helps them feel safe and comfortable.
We want your child to have a positive first impression of dental visits, so we’ve created a special kids’ area filled with books, games, and colorful pictures. Every member of our professional team makes sure that your child’s visits to our office are fun and enjoyable so we can start them on their way to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Oral Health Care During Pregnancy
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can have a tremendous impact on your oral health. One result of these changes is the increased risk of developing gum disease and gingivitis.
In addition, research has shown a connection between serious gum disease and pregnancy complications like preterm and low-birth-weight babies. One of the best ways to safeguard your baby's health is to be proactive with your own oral health while you are pregnant.
If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, be sure to maintain a healthy diet and a consistent routine of oral health care, including regular dental cleanings and exams.
The First Visit
Your child’s first visit should be scheduled no later than their first birthday. While teething, the risk for developing cavities increases once your baby's diet includes anything other than breast milk.
During the first visit, we will reinforce a positive experience by taking the time to help your child feel comfortable with their surroundings. We will then examine your child’s teeth for any obvious problems, but the dental visit at this age is mostly about getting your child used to the idea of visiting our office.
Oral Health Care From Ages Two to Six
After the first visit, we suggest scheduling appointments for your child twice a year at our Woodinville dental office to check development of their baby teeth. We will conduct routine oral exams and cleanings and continue to develop a relationship with your child to help put them at ease.
Once your child reaches the age of two or three, they usually have all of their baby teeth. Routine exams and services like cleanings and application of sealants and fluoride help prevent cavities, enabling us to further protect the health of their baby teeth.
It is essential to make sure your child’s baby teeth are healthy since they are the building blocks for future oral health. Think of baby teeth as placeholders for permanent teeth. Losing a baby tooth too soon may cause permanent teeth to shift, resulting in alignment issues.
Ongoing Health Care for your Growing Child
A child’s permanent teeth start to emerge as early as age five; by age ten, a child typically has most of their permanent teeth. By this time, a routine of proper oral hygiene, regular dental exams, cleanings, and a proper diet should already be established.
Regular dental exams also allow us to make sure that your child’s teeth are developing properly and determine if braces are necessary.
Kids at this age are usually participating in sports, and it’s especially important to make sure their teeth are properly protected. We can provide your child with a custom-made mouth guard to help avoid damage to their teeth while playing contact sports.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
For your family’s convenience, we offer extended hours on weekdays as well as Saturday appointments. If your child has an emergency, we will see them the same day to make sure they get the prompt treatment they need.
We want to work with you to get your child started on a lifetime of excellent oral health. Please contact our Woodinville dental office to arrange a visit to our office and a complimentary consultation.
We look forward to meeting you and your little one!