Children’s Dentistry – Bellevue, WA
Helping Young Smiles Grow and Develop with Ease
Are you looking for a children’s dentist in Bellevue who offers outstanding care for the youngest smile in your family? If so, look no further than Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. With a gentle and calming approach, Dr. Preet will offer your little one personalized attention and compassionate care. Her ability to help your child’s smile grown and develop well into adulthood is what makes her so popular among the residents of Bellevue and its surrounding communities. To learn more about Dr. Preet and how she can give your child’s smile the boost it needs for optimal oral health, contact us today!
When Children Should First Go to the Dentist
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental appointment be scheduled by the time their first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one. The reason for this timeframe is that it is a great opportunity to have your child meet with our team and become familiar with the sights and sounds of a dentist’s office. Too often, those who come in as toddlers or young children might often be scared of the dentist, making it more difficult to perform an examination.
By choosing to bring your child in as an infant, they are more curious. This allows us to get to know both you and your little one as well as take a quick look in their mouth to make sure no obvious problems are developing.
As your child grows older, they will be working to improve their manual dexterity as it pertains to oral hygiene. In the meantime, reaching those back molars can be difficult, which is why at Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are happy to offer dental sealants. This preventive treatment is designed to protect your child’s back teeth (molars) from potential tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease. Since the chewing surfaces have many pits and grooves, it is easy for bacteria and tiny food particles to become trapped.
These dental sealants are quickly applied to the back teeth and create a barrier between your child’s tooth enamel and any harmful bacteria.
Since a child’s teeth are often more prone to cavities than an adult, it is best if extra precautions are taken to ensure their smiles remain cavity-free for as long as possible. One way to accomplish this is with fluoride treatments. During their regular checkup and cleaning, Dr. Preet can quickly apply a fluoride varnish to your child’s teeth that will not only strengthen tooth enamel but also protect against tooth decay.
The application itself takes only minutes and is completely painless for your child.
Importance of Starting Good Oral Hygiene Habits Early
A young person who maintains optimal oral health throughout childhood and adolescence will be likely to transfer these habits into adulthood and enjoy a longer-lasting smile. This is why it is so critical to start your child on a good oral hygiene routine when they’re young. By helping your little one become excited about brushing, flossing, and rinsing, you will be establishing good dental habits that will carry with them for the rest of their life.
Cavities are much more likely to develop in young smiles that do not practice proper oral hygiene. However, if you remain consistent in monitoring your child’s oral habits at home, we at Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will be happy to continue the treatment when they arrive for their six-month checkups and cleanings.