Pediatric dental care allows us to make a big impact on a child’s life and the future of their oral health. If a child has a positive first experience with the dentist, it sets the tone for the rest of their oral health habits in the future. We love being the ones to set them up in a positive way!
Starting your child’s oral health off right!
We see kids of all ages at our Issaquah dental office—from one year of age all the way into adulthood. Typically, your child’s first appointment should happen by the time the child’s first tooth comes in, around his or her first birthday. This is also the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.
Children should then visit us for a checkup every six months, just as with adults. This allows us to ensure proper oral care is happening at home and that the teeth are coming in and developing normally. These six-month visits allow the children to build trust in our doctors and get used to the dental setting.
We handle everything in the realm of pediatric dentistry including general checkups and cleanings, treatment for baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease in children, pediatric dental emergencies, and more. If any problems do arise, we are able to catch and treat them quickly.
Making Your Child Smile
Drs. Oleg and Nikole Shvartsur and our team provide a comfortable and relaxed environment to alleviate any child’s fear of the dentist. During the first appointment, we will often allow for the child to sit in the parent’s lap so they feel more comfortable and secure. We also offer fun games in our waiting rooms to keep the kids entertained and positive, and toys and prizes that they can choose from after their visit.
Our doctors have gone above and beyond in the hours required for continuing education courses, many of which were spent specifically dedicated to pediatric dentistry. As parents, Drs. Oleg and Nikole love working with kids, and treat each child as they would their own.
Home Care for Your Child
As your child’s teeth emerge, be sure to examine them every two weeks, and inspect for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your son or daughter brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When an infant’s tooth erupts, parents should brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by our office or other healthcare professionals. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and Dr. Oleg or Dr. Nikole will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact us immediately.