At Highlands Kids Dentistry, we believe that positive childhood dental experiences establish a lifetime pattern of feelings towards dentistry. Our Issaquah pediatric dentists, Drs. Shadi Araghi, Mariella Garcia, and Donald Chi, want to help kids keep their smiles healthy, beautiful, and broad by creating a wonderful dental home for them.
Specialty Care for Kids in Issaquah, WA
- Our pediatric dentists are specially trained in the unique dental needs of children, behavioral management techniques, and sedation to ensure your child’s positive visit.
- Our Issaquah, WA office is specially decorated to create a kid-friendly atmosphere.
- Our specially trained staff spend lots of time with each one of our patients to make sure they feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental appointment.
- Our friendly “Tell, Show, Do” technique gives our patients an opportunity to get familiar with dental treatments which helps reducing their anxiety.
Why are regular dental checkups important?
The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will be throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay; cavities left untreated can lead to pain, trouble concentrating, and extensive and expensive procedures in the future.
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in the mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits at Highlands Kids Dentistry help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit one of our Issaquah pediatric dentists every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they "seal" the deep grooves in your child's teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child's regular checkups.
Learn about Your Child’s Teeth
Your child's first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child's gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends...
Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.
Getting to know your teeth is fun!
Caring for Your Child’s Teeth at Home
As your child's teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking 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 child 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 a baby's tooth erupts, brush the tooth 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 your dentist or other healthcare professional.
Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact one of our Issaquah dentists immediately.