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Children after a Pediatric dental appointment in Puyallup WA

According to The American Dental Association, a child’s first dental exam should happen soon after the first baby tooth comes in or by the time the child turns one year old. Even though baby’s first teeth are temporary, getting an early start on excellent dental hygiene practices will help your child enjoy good oral health for life.

What Is a Children’s Dentist?

Chart of children's normal tooth development and loss

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A children’s dentist specializes in dentistry that focuses on providing gentle and compassionate dental care to children from infancy through adolescence. At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, our pediatric dentists understand the unique needs of young, vulnerable primary (baby) teeth and how best to preserve your child’s oral health as they grow and develop.

Child development and psychology are key components of children’s dentistry. We create an environment that is warm, fun, and inviting for little ones, and understand how to provide treatments in a way that helps children avoid developing dental phobias, so they can look forward to their regular visits to our office.

Pediatric Dentistry Treatments

At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, fostering trust with children at an early age, while helping them develop excellent at-home oral hygiene habits, is our primary goal. Our children’s dentistry practice encompasses a broad base of services and treatments that allows us to help care for and maintain your child’s oral health as they grow and develop. These include:

  • Infant oral health exams
  • Digital x-rays and cleanings
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Diagnosis and safe treatment of dental disorders
  • At-home dental care education
  • Orthodontic evaluation
  • Care for dental injuries

 
Starting regular checkups early in your child’s life allows us to catch decay and signs of gum disease before they become serious, so we can correct any underlying hygiene issues and prevent problems.

As your child grows, we can provide treatments such as sealants to protect new, vulnerable permanent teeth from decay, as well as mouth guards to protect the teeth of your budding sports enthusiast. We can also identify and address potential orthodontic problems before they evolve into bigger money- and time-consuming issues.

Pediatric Dentistry in Puyallup

At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, we partner with you in the care and development of your child’s teeth from infancy to adolescence. Fostering trust with children at an early age while helping them develop excellent at-home oral-hygiene habits is our primary goal. We do this through sharing a wealth of educational information with you while performing regular checkups, cleanings, and treatments in our comfortable and fun dental environment.

FAQ

Does my child need to see a children’s dentist regularly?
Yes. You see your dentist regularly, and so should your child. Regular visits to a children’s dentist can help your little ones avoid the pain and discomfort caused by cavities and decay, and can help them establish good oral hygiene habits that will help maintain excellent lifelong oral health.
How often should my child visit the children’s dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should see a children’s dentist at least twice a year, starting six months after the first tooth emerges.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Teeth begin to emerge between the ages of 6 months and 10 months. The two front-lower incisors usually break through first.
To find out more about how early dental exams and checkups at Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry can improve your child’s oral health for years to come, call 253.200.5427 and schedule a dental appointment in Puyallup, WA today.