Pediatric Dentistry: Enjoying Early Oral Health
We are excited about meeting you and your child at our Kirkland pediatric dental office. Our goal at Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry is to make your family's visit a pleasant and informative experience. We agree with the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by their first birthday.
Children who have a pediatric dentist they see regularly are more likely to receive the best routine preventative oral health care and enjoy a future of confident healthy smiles as they grow!
Your Child's First Visit To Our Dental Office
As a parent herself, Dr. Susan understands that you want the best for your child. At Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on providing the highest quality pediatric dental care possible. It’s completely normal for a child to be unsure or nervous about their first dental visit, but at Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry, they don’t have to be! Our practice is designed to make your child comfortable and excited to visit the dentist.
The following information will help prepare you and your child for their first dental visit.
Our Goals For Your Child's First Visit
- Pediatric dental exam – if you have an infant or small toddler we may do a “lap to lap” examination of your child’s teeth
- Complete digital dental x-rays
- Professional teeth cleaning
- Fluoride treatment such as a varnish may be applied to your child’s teeth
- Discussion of home care instructions
- Discussion of dietary trends and oral habits
- Anticipatory guidance until your child’s next dental check up
We strive to provide your child with a positive dental experience. It is natural for some children to cry or protest during parts of the appointment, as this is a new experience for them. If your child has experienced dental anxiety in the past, has special needs or is nervous about their first visit, ask Dr. Susan about our safe pediatric sedation dentistry options.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises that children be seen for a checkup every 6 months.
These visits allow Dr. Susan to closely monitor new changes in your child’s mouth and ensure that you, as a parent, have the information you need to promote continued oral health in your child.
Dr. Susan may suggest additional checkups if your child is more susceptible to cavities, or if your child is showing signs of orthodontic problems that need to be monitored.
Our practice uses digital x-rays to produce enhanced computer images of our pediatric dental patient’s teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions. Digital x-rays are key to early detection and effective treatment of dental problems and expose your child to less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
Dental fluoride treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Susan often recommends fluoride treatments along with dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel and can actually reverse early dental decay in some children.
Protective Pediatric Dental Sealants
Protective pediatric dental sealants are thin coats of plastic painted onto your child’s back teeth to protect their deep grooves and depressions from accumulating bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in rear molars.
At Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry, we typically apply a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years, but we will continue to check it during your child’s regular dental appointments.
The Wand (Pain-Free Injections)
At Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry, we offer The Wand, a state-of-the-art digital platform for local anesthesia to our pediatric dental patients. This pain-free injection is more comfortable than a traditional syringe, reducing your child's pain and dental anxiety when they receive necessary dental treatments.
Tooth Colored Tooth Filling
Treatment for cavities in children depends on how severe the decay is as well as each child’s age and risk of future cavities. At Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry, we typically treat cavities with discreet, effective tooth-colored fillings.
ICON “No Drill” Dental Fillings
If your child has a less advanced case of tooth decay, Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry offers ICON “No Drill” Fillings. These fillings are a more gentle option than traditional pediatric dental fillings. Your child won’t have a fear of the dental drill and won’t need to be put under anesthesia.
The ICON technique preserves more of the healthy structure of the infected tooth than a traditional dental drill typically does and can also be used to treat discoloration, giving your child a bright white, healthy smile.
Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth. If your child’s tooth suffers a large cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulp inside the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. When the soft tissue inside the pulp chamber becomes infected or inflamed, Dr. Susan might recommend a pulpotomy. Instead of removing the entire tooth, Dr. Susan will put a medicated filling into the pulp chamber to try to keep the remaining pulp inside the tooth alive and healthy.
Metal-Free Pediatric Dental Crown
A pediatric dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering cemented to a badly damaged tooth to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. Dr. Susan may recommend a metal-free dental crown for your child’s tooth if it has a large cavity, was broken or chipped due to trauma, or if the tooth hasn’t developed correctly.
Gentle Tooth Extraction
Unfortunately, sometimes a child’s tooth may be too badly decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Susan will perform a gentle extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if your child's tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
Special Needs Dentistry
Dr. Susan and our staff at Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry have completed extensive training to work with patients who have special needs. Our entire team has the knowledge, patience and expertise to help your child through their entire visit and make sure they leave with a smile!
Athletic Mouth Guard
If your child is involved in any type of sports, wearing a custom fitted mouth guard is one of your best pieces of insurance. Not only does it protect teeth, it also reduces the risk of concussion!
Pediatric Dental Night Guard
Is your child experiencing jaw pain, headaches or facial soreness? It could be a sign that they are grinding their teeth while they sleep. Ask Dr. Susan about how a pediatric dental nightguard could protect your child's smile against excessive wear caused by jaw clenching and grinding.
Is your child due for a preventive checkup? Give Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry a call to schedule their appointment with Dr. Susan today!
For tooth pain or other type of immediate issue, contact our office for an emergency dentist appointment.