East End Dental Wellness

Pediatric Dental FAQs

Smiling little boy on cosultation of pediatrician dentist using dental jaw model in clinic

We recommend as soon as they get their first tooth and no later than one year of age.

Dr. Kim and the staff here at East End Dental Wellness are specially trained and experienced in working with children of all ages. We have created a very family-friendly environment at our offices and we are prepared to accommodate each individual child’s needs.

The main focus of your first appointment is for you child to get acquainted with the dentist and for us to get to know you. We’ll take a look at your child’s teeth and make sure that they are healthy and growing in properly. We may do some cleaning if it’s needed.

Keep a positive attitude when you talk to your child about the dentist. They aren’t born with an innate fear of the dentist, so if you avoid implying to them that it may be unpleasant, they most likely won’t feel anxiety about it.

In most cases we recommend a visit every 6 months.

Before teeth appear, you should gently clean your child’s gums after feeding with a damp cloth. Once a tooth appears, start using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush, but don’t use fluoride toothpaste until age 2 unless recommended by us or your primary healthcare provider.

Sealants cover the hard-to-clean parts of the teeth that are more prone to cavities in children, so we recommend them as a safe, easy way to prevent cavities.

If your children play sports, it’s important to protect their teeth from possible accidents. We create custom mouthguards that are made special for complete protection and total comfort.

Many children suck their thumbs until about age 4. If your child continues to suck their thumb after permanent teeth have come in, it could cause issues with the alignment of the teeth. If we see that your child’s thumb-sucking habit is causing dental issues, we will recommend a course of action.
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