Children are fun, unpredictable, and innocent. Our team loves teaching, playing, and interacting with them. It is our job to allow them to be kids and meet them where they are developmentally. We determine what they are capable of and customize their treatment to meet their needs.
Everything in our office is catered to younger patients. Our open office design encourages siblings to sit next to each other during checkup appointments and lets the patients see each other during visits. This allows kids to model their behavior after one another and participate with their peers.
Not to mention:
- Infants and toddlers are encouraged to sit on their parent’s lap throughout the appointment to ensure comfort.
- Parents are always welcome to be present with their children; we believe in communal education and decision-making.
- We provide stuffed animals, toys, and TVs to ensure the children have a fun visit.
- Our staff has years of experience working with children and only children. We are here to ensure all appointments are successful, fun, and informative.
- Dr. Kim and Dr. Allyson are both board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and completed two additional years of specialty pediatric residency training after receiving their dental degrees.
What age should I bring my toddler in?
Your child should visit us by his or her first birthday. It is important that your child's newly erupted teeth (erupting at six to 12 months of age) receive the benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. Typically, a child’s pediatrician refers our new patients during his or her 12- to 18-month-old well-child visit. One visit by one year of age is a good rule of thumb.
As a regular patient, your child should visit Kirkland Kids Dentistry for well-child checkups every six months for dental cleanings and exams. By seeing your child twice a year, we can provide preventive care, anticipate changes in your child’s oral health, and customize our approach accordingly. We’ll also review developmental milestones and use age-appropriate techniques at each visit to ensure we are adapting to your child as they grow and change.
It’s important to establish a dental home for your child. Dr. Kim, Dr. Allyson, and our team hope you’ll find that home here. If your child has routine, regular checkups with our pediatric dentist, the appointments will always be short, fun, and stress free.
Learning 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.
Teething, how can I make it easy?
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix. The best way to help with the process and somewhat help with pain and tenderness is cold things. The frozen teething toys or cold fruits like a slice of melon will help the best. A child getting a good night sleep is helpful for them as well. If comfortable using children’s Tylenol, please do. It will help with pain and sleep for your little one. Using any kind of numbing agent is not recommended, for example Ora-gel and teething tablets. There is no way to control the dosage and you do not want your child to consume too much.
We provide both services at our office. We support all beliefs and opinions on the subject, so if your family is a fluoride free family or one that does not want x-rays taken, we are happy to discuss and optimize our treatment approach most appropriate for your child.
- There is very little risk in the dental X-Rays taken at our office. We use digital technology and high-speed film. You are more likely to receive more radiation from the sun that you do from our x-rays.
- Fluoride is used in two ways in the dental world, systemically and topically. When consumed systemically through the water we drink to the foods we eat, it goes into the blood stream strengthening the adult teeth while developing under the gum line. When placed topically in the dental office it strengthens the teeth in the mouth and reducing any start of cavities from growing.
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Out team is professional, compassionate, and caring. We are proud to be a part of the Kirkland community, where we treat everyone like friends, family, and neighbors. We love it here at Kirkland Kids Dentistry, and so will you!
We believe that your child’s first visit to Kirkland Kids Dentistry should be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. We place high priority on ensuring your child’s sense of well-being and comfort. We will build his or her confidence and familiarity with our office by demonstrating what we will do, allowing your child to play and learn so that the new experience is educational, relaxed, and fun.