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Preventative Dentistry

Navigating the Challenges of Kids' Preventative Dentistry: Ensuring Bright Smiles and Navigating Your Child's Dental Health Journey with Confidence

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Holistic Preventative Care

As parents, it’s natural to worry about your child’s dental health. You might wonder if they’ll be scared of the dentist, how you’ll afford visits, or what happens if they still get cavities.

Dr. Susan takes a holistic approach to preventative dentistry, focusing not just on keeping your child’s teeth healthy, but on their overall well-being.

By addressing dental health early on, she helps prevent problems before they start, reducing stress for you and ensuring healthier outcomes for your child’s entire body. Dr. Susan can make a big difference and ease those common concerns with your little ones.

What Is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is all about stopping dental problems before they start. It focuses on maintaining your child’s oral health through:

  • Regular Check-ups: Visiting the dentist regularly to catch any issues early.
  • Daily Dental Practices: Teaching kids the right way to brush and floss.
  • Fluoride Treatments: Applying fluoride to strengthen teeth and prevent decay.
  • Dental Sealants: Using protective coatings on teeth to block out cavities.

By incorporating these habits early, preventative dentistry helps avoid cavities, gum diseases, and other issues, ensuring fewer dental visits for repairs and more smiles for your child.

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Dental Sealants For Protection

Dental sealants play a crucial role in preventing cavities in children’s teeth. These are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars), where most cavities in children are found. Here’s why they’re important:

  • Cavity Protection: Sealants block food and bacteria.
  • Easy Application: Quick, painless, no drilling needed.
  • Long-lasting Effects: Protects against 80% of cavities for two years.

Without sealants, your child’s molars are more prone to decay, leading to cavities and potential tooth loss. Sealants offer a simple yet effective safeguard for your child’s dental health.

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Stop Tooth Decay; Fluoride Treatment

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a treatment used to stop tooth decay quickly and painlessly. Here’s what makes it beneficial:

  • Decay Stopper: SDF halts the progress of cavities.
  • Painless Application: Applied directly to the tooth, no drilling or injections.
  • Preventive Care: Helps prevent further decay.

Using SDF can be a good choice if your child has early signs of tooth decay, avoiding more invasive treatments later on.

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Beat Bacteria, Boost Health

Dr. Susan uses Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) treatment as a simple yet effective method in dental care to reduce bacteria in the mouth and prevent oral infections. Here’s why it’s beneficial:

  • Bacteria Reduction: PVP-I significantly lowers the levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Prevents Infections: By controlling bacteria, it helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Safe and Quick: The treatment is non-invasive and safe for children.

Take a proactive step in your child’s dental care routine to maintain a healthy mouth and overall dental wellbeing.

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Oral Habits For Healthy Teeth

Good oral habits are essential for preventing dental problems in children, but without them, kids are at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Here’s how you can help your child build strong, healthy oral routines:

  • Regular Brushing: Brushing twice a day prevents plaque buildup, which causes decay.
  • Daily Flossing: Teach them to floss daily to remove hidden food.
  • Healthy Diet Choices: Limit sugary snacks and drinks to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  • Consistent Dental Check-ups: Visits the dentist every six months to catch dental issues.

By instilling these habits, you can protect your child from common dental problems and instill lifelong healthy behaviors.

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Cleanings & Exams

Regular cleanings and exams are crucial for maintaining your child’s dental health. Here’s how these visits make a difference:

  • Early Detection: Spots dental issues early.
  • Tartar Removal: Cleans off hard-to-remove tartar.
  • Gum Health: Checks and protects gums.
  • Habit Reinforcement: Corrects and encourages good dental habits.

Consistent dental visits keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent future problems.

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Healthy Kids

Preventative dentistry is essential for lifelong healthy smiles, and Dr. Susan is here to help. Her focus on early and thorough care prevents bigger issues and ensures your child’s comfort. Here’s our process:

Take advantage of our free consultation and stop dreading sleepless nights. Help your kids live with a beautiful smile and a restful sleep.

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Evergreen Pediatric & Airway Dentistry

Our dental office is conveniently located on Totem Lake Blvd in Kirkland. Get directions to our office or book an appointment today!

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12910 Totem Lake Blvd NE #103,
Kirkland, WA 98034


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Practice Hours

Monday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Common Questions About Pediatric Preventative Dentistry

At what age should my child first visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit be within six months after the first tooth appears but no later than the first birthday.

How often should children have dental check-ups?

Children should see the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings unless advised differently by their dentist.

How can I help prevent cavities in my child's teeth?

Ensure your child brushes twice a day, flosses daily, eats a balanced diet, and visits the dentist regularly.

Is fluoride treatment really necessary for children?

Fluoride strengthens the enamel and prevents cavities. Dr. Susan will recommend if your child needs supplemental fluoride treatments.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Clean the affected area, rinse the mouth with warm salt water, and Dr. Susan as soon as possible.

How can I make dental visits less scary for my child?

Talk positively about dental visits, start them at an early age, and consider visiting a pediatric dentist who specializes in making children comfortable.