Pediatric Dentistry in Kirkland, WA
At Jen Kim Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we love treating children and consider it a privilege to be a part of their healthcare. The joy of seeing kids develop good habits that will serve them well throughout their lives is a significant part of why we do what we do.
Being a kids' dentist in Kirkland, WA—who also treats adults—means that we get to watch our pediatric patients grow from toddlers to teens and then some! And we welcome the opportunity to provide them with healthy smiles for life.
If you would like to schedule a dental checkup for your child, or if you have any questions for us, contact a member of our kid-friendly team today.
Also, continue reading to learn more about our quality children's dentistry in Kirkland.
- Dental Appointments for Young Children
- Preventive Dental Care for Children
- Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy Between Dental Visits
- Our Pediatric Dentistry Services
- Choosing Your Kid's Dentist in Kirkland, WA
Dental Appointments for Young Children
New experiences can be frightening for children, which is why we spend time getting to know young children who are entering a dental office for the first time. We understand that the instruments can be intimidating, so we may spend time introducing your child to the various tools designed to keep the smile healthy.
We may count teeth for fun, or maybe a ride in the dental chair. Our team is good at allowing children to take the lead, which builds trust. We always want your child to know that they are in a safe environment among grownup friends.
Our team has also found that patience and understanding make it easier when we introduce new dental treatments like fillings and teeth cleanings later on.
The dentistry we offer is also age-appropriate—we add dental services as your child grows – all designed to build smile confidence, positive associations with the dental office, and a lifetime of healthy habits.
Indeed, adults who have dental phobia often had a bad experience in a dental office during childhood. We go to great lengths to make the dental office fun and inviting and not conducive to anxiety.
Preventive Dental Care for Children
We understand that children have different dental needs than adults because their little mouths are continually growing and developing. We can provide care for every stage of your child's life, from the day they cut that first tooth to the days when those teeth are replaced by permanent teeth and beyond.
Much of pediatric dentistry is preventive dental care. Regular dental examinations and teeth cleanings will help keep your kid's teeth in great shape. Our hygienists are gentle, thorough, and friendly and enjoy working with children.
We teach you and your children how to care for little teeth at home and provide solutions for issues like thumb-sucking that are primarily unique to children. We also work to instill a sense of pride in children through praise when they show initiative in their brushing and flossing.
In addition to regular cleanings and examinations, other preventive treatments we offer include fluoride treatments and sealants. Most areas, including Kirkland, have fluoridated water, but if your child drinks bottled or filtered water, he or she may not be getting enough of this vital mineral. Studies have clearly shown the role that fluoride plays in preventing cavities. We will discuss your family's habits and help you decide whether fluoride supplementation is an excellent choice for your child.
As your child gets older and develops permanent molars, we will also discuss sealants. Our back teeth are full of grooves, and it can be challenging for children to clean them properly. If food gets stuck in the grooves of the back teeth and it is not removed promptly, bacteria and acids develop, and cavities begin to form. Unfortunately, cavities in these teeth are prevalent in children. Sealants place a barrier between the teeth and any food particles that may not get brushed away, protecting the teeth from cavities and decay.
No matter your child's needs, we tailor our dentistry to meet those needs. If your child has a specific oral health condition, for example, we will customize the treatment plan to address the issue.
Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy Between Dental Visits
Following your child's dental checkup and teeth cleaning, a member of our team will discuss any findings with you. Based on these findings, we may offer specific tips to help you help your child. These may include nutritional tips, brushing advice, or pacifier usage.
Generally, we always suggest helping young children brush their teeth—at least twice each day. We recommend twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings as well. If your child is prone to cavities, we may customize this schedule.
Your child's exam helps our dentist spot emerging dental health issues before they become more significant problems. Teeth cleanings get rid of the stubborn bacteria that lead to cavities—everything the toothbrush and dental floss cannot clear away.
We suggest limiting sugar and juice intake because of cavities, too.
For older children who are brushing and flossing on their own, it's essential to be vigilant. Don't allow your child to go to bed without a thorough brushing and flossing. Additionally, if your child plays on an athletic team, we recommend a mouthguard to protect their teeth from rough play.
Our Pediatric Dentistry Services
Our Kids' dentist in Kirkland offers everything your child needs to maintain optimal oral health through the years.
Our dental services include, but are not limited to:
- Preventive exams for a healthy smile
- Teeth cleanings to help prevent oral health conditions like cavities
- Fillings to treat tooth decay
- Fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth
- Dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay
Choosing Your Kid's Dentist in Kirkland, WA
Getting your kids off to a great start by building healthy dental habits is one of the best gifts you can ever give them. Oral health is closely tied to your body's overall wellness. If your kids learn early that taking care of their body is essential, the chances are good that they will continue these habits into their adult years.
Dr. Kim not only enjoys seeing kids here in our Kirkland dental office, but she also donates her time to help less privileged kids in the local community receive the dental care they need and deserve. She makes time to visit local schools to talk to kids about dental care and what they can do to take charge of their own dental health.
Our dentist has also traveled to India and Kenya as a part of her church's medical mission team to provide dental care to the people there. Her compassionate nature, skill, and desire to help others make her a one-of-a-kind dentist, and you will feel good knowing that your kids are under her care.
Besides, she's excellent with children. Don't' be surprised if your child asks to visit the dentist!
Contact Our Dental Team
Contact Jen Kim Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to set up appointments for your children and see the difference an excellent pediatric dentist can make.
Dr. Kim sees patients of all ages, and we work hard to treat families on the same day for your convenience. If you would like to schedule appointments for the entire family, we can't wait to hear from you.
We treat patients in Kirkland, Kingsgate, Redmond, Bellevue, Kenmore, and anywhere else patients are looking for quality dentistry from a skilled and compassionate team.