Pediatric Dentistry

Protecting your child’s oral health is essential to promoting their proper growth and development. At Woodin Creek Dental, our professional team has extensive experience working with kids of all ages, and our gentle approach helps them feel safe and comfortable.

Dr. Yogesh Goel and Dr. Evan Chiang 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 dental office are fun and enjoyable so we can start them on their way to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

We know you probably have questions, so we’ve shared several that we hear most often. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Woodinville, WA, please call us at (425) 947-2727 to arrange an appointment.

 

How does my oral health affect my pregnancy?

small male child with tooth brush I children's dentistryHormonal 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.

Also, research has shown a connection between severe 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 dental care, including regular dental cleanings and exams. Please call our Bothell, WA dental office to arrange an appointment so we can safeguard your oral health. 

Do your dentists have experience treating kids?

Yes! Dr. Goel and Dr. Chiang have years of experience working with very young children.

We know that pediatric dentistry in Woodinville, WA requires a specific skill set. Our dental team is trained to help young children feel comfortable so that they can enjoy the dental appointment and feel positive about taking care of their oral health. Our dental office even has a kid’s play zone to keep your child busy.

The goal is to establish proper oral hygiene and dental care for your child now that will benefit them for a lifetime. If we can make the first few appointments stress-free and enjoyable, the more likely it is they will grow to see dental appointments as a positive event.

At what age should I schedule my child’s first visit?

Your child’s first dental 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 help reinforce a positive experience by taking the time to help your son or daughter feel comfortable with their surroundings. If they are receptive, we’ll examine their teeth, but early dental visits are primarily meant to let your child used to the idea of visiting the dentist. These appointments are also a valuable opportunity to ask us for advice or talk to us about any concerns you have.

What can you do to make my child’s first visit less stressful?

boy sitting in dental exam chair with thumbs up I Woodin Creek DentalAt Woodin Creek Dental, we love treating kids! We know how important it is for that all-important first dental visit with us to be a success. The future of their good oral health depends on it!

First, we want to let you know that Dr. Goel has many years of experience in treating children of all ages at our Bothell, WA dental office. Dental care for your child requires a gentle, understanding approach, and he knows exactly how to take care of your child’s unique needs any time they visit.

Their first visit sets the tone for their future oral health care, and we go out of our way to make it pleasant and fun. Our dental office environment is warm and inviting - we even have a dedicated child’s play area with toys, games, and colorful posters. We promise that we will do everything possible to make the first visit stress-free for you and your child.

Why are baby teeth important?

People underestimate the importance of baby teeth because they will eventually be lost. However, the fact is that healthy baby teeth are essential to help your child speak and chew properly. They are also designed to be placeholders for the adult teeth that are developing inside your child’s jaw.

Parents often ask us if it is necessary to fill a baby tooth. The answer is yes, to ensure that their adult teeth emerge in proper alignment. If a baby tooth has a cavity that goes unfilled, eventually it will spread into the nerve and cause pain and a severe infection. The adult tooth underneath may not come in correctly, which can lead to misalignment and expensive orthodontic treatment (braces) to correct the problem. 

Do you recommend fluoride treatments for my child?

At Woodin Creek Dental, we believe fluoride is essential for protecting your child’s teeth. Fluoride can be found in the public water supply as well as in certain fruits and vegetables. But if you live in a rural location with well water, your child may not be getting sufficient fluoride to maintain healthy teeth.

In this case, Dr. Goel and Dr. Chiang would recommend additional topical fluoride treatments. It’s also important to establish regular exams and cleanings so our dentists can keep a close watch on decay development as well as risk. They will determine if topical application of fluoride is appropriate for your child. 

How can dental sealants benefit my child?

Certain teeth like molars and pre-molars have deep grooves and uneven surfaces that can trap plaque and bacteria that leads to decay. Sealants are coatings of a plastic resin material that we place on the uneven surfaces to “seal” them. The sealant forms a barrier that prevents bacteria from getting trapped and leading to cavities. There is a lot of research behind the effectiveness of sealants as a preventative measure against cavities. Please contact our Kirkland, WA dental office for more information.

What dental treatments can you provide as my child gets older?

group of children smiling outside I kid's dentistry at Woodin Creek DentalAfter the first visit, we suggest scheduling appointments for your child twice a year at our Woodinville dental office to check the 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 pediatric dental exams and services like kids' teeth cleanings and application of sealants and fluoride help prevent cavities, enabling us to further protect the health of their baby teeth.

When will my child start getting permanent teeth?

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 correctly 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.

Do you have appointments that fit my child’s school schedule?

For your family’s convenience, we offer extended hours on weekdays as well as Saturday appointments. If your child has a dental 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 and a complimentary consultation.

We look forward to meeting you and your little one!