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Early Othodontics

Early orthodontics is also referred to as phase 1 orthodontic treatment, and may be necessary to help children who have growth or alignment issues with their teeth. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of different options for patients who require early orthodontics. Our goal is to address the issues early to prevent more serious issues in the future from developing. Catching any issues with the jaw or teeth in the beginning is important before permanent teeth erupt.

When Should I Consider Early Orthodontic Treatment?

If your dentist has a concern during your regular exam, they may recommend early orthodontic treatment. Common devices used in early orthodontic treatment include braces, palatal expanders, or retainers.

What Are Common Issues That Require Early Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Issues with a child’s bite
  • Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that protrude
  • Issue with a child’s jaw, or a child who has a very small jaw

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontics?

Early orthodontics can correct issues early on before they cause damage, and reduce the need for treatments later in life. Not every child requires early orthodontic treatment. Children that do not have any issues with their jaw or teeth should wait until phase 2 orthodontics.

  • Prevents a narrow jaw
  • Eliminates chances of crowding
  • Lowers risk of damage to protruding teeth
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay
  • Reduces risk of gum disease

Typically, children do not need to visit the orthodontist until at least six or seven years of age. Many children do not need orthodontic treatment until they are older. An early visit to the orthodontist can help detect issues, as well as know what your child may require as they get older. This also gives the opportunity for the parent to ask questions. Our team will discuss if your child requires phase 1 orthodontics to help reduce the need for treatment later in life.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Consultation?

If you are interested in finding out if your child requires early orthodontics, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us. Our doctors have years of experience in orthodontics, and our team is trained to work with children. We strive to provide a positive experience each time they visit our office. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we provide quality dentistry you can trust, and we welcome new patients to join our dental family.

To schedule your child’s appointment, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Brushing my Baby's Teeth

Taking care of our teeth from birth is important, and teaching our children good oral hygiene from the beginning can help them later on in life. Many parents wonder when it is a good idea to start brushing their baby’s teeth. Primary teeth are very important, and they help a child with speech and development. If a child loses their baby teeth too early from decay, the development of permanent teeth may be affected or come in crooked.

Why Is It a Good Idea to Brush Your Baby’s Teeth?

At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we help our young patients and parents learn good oral hygiene habits to practice at home. Regular visits to the dentist are recommended when your child turns one year old, or when their teeth begin to erupt. Brushing your baby’s teeth can start right when you see their first tooth pop up through the gums. We recommend using a finger brush, or clean washcloth to wipe their teeth and tongue clean after meals and at bedtime. This helps to keep their teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria or food.

Can I Use Toothpaste?

According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), they recommend using a rice size bit of cavity preventing toothpaste when your baby’s first teeth erupt. When they reach the age of 3 parents can increase the toothpaste to be the size of a pea. Gently massage the teeth and gums to remove any bacteria or food that may have lingered in those areas.

Visiting the dentist for your regular exams twice a month can help us get in front of any issues with your child’s teeth or mouth before they become serious. We can monitor their teeth for decay, and make sure their jaw is developing properly. Setting the stage in the beginning with good oral hygiene can really help teach your child how to care for their teeth in the future.

Our doctors and team have years of pediatric dentistry experience, and we welcome new pediatric patients to join our dental family. Our team is trained to work with children, and we always make sure they have a positive experience when they visit our office. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to provide quality dental care you can trust.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Appointment?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s regular dental exam with us, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Pacifier

Pacifiers offer comfort and help to reduce stress in infants. Many parents wonder when it is appropriate to wean their child off the pacifier. If a pacifier is not taken away at a certain age it can cause serious issues with a child’s teeth, mouth, and jaw. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we support our patients and parents and know weaning a child from the pacifier is hard. As much as the pacifier is needed in the early stages of life, it is just as important to take it away, so your child does not develop any issues in the future.

What Issues Can a Pacifier Cause?

The pacifier helps to soothe a child, and the sucking reflex is natural when they are born. The ideal time for a child to stop using a pacifier is between the ages of two and four. If a child continues to use their pacifier beyond this age range, they may develop jaw or bite complications.

Children who have used a pacifier tend to develop an over bite, and may have issues with their teeth erupting.  Orthodontics may be needed to correct difficult issues caused by pacifier sucking. As your child gets older, breaking their habit becomes more difficult. Early intervention is important to prevent more serious issues as they grow older.

When Is the Best Time To Wean My Child Off the Pacifier?

Each situation and child are different, and we recommend you do what is best for your child. The method used can be instant or gradual, and we can help by recommending behavior modifications to assist in the process. Timing is key, and parents should consider what the child has going on at the moment while weaning them off the pacifier. Finding new ways to comfort your child through the weaning process is important and giving incentives can help. Positive reinforcement works best and always avoid negative behavior during the process.

Interested in Finding Out More Information?

If you are interested in finding out more about pacifier weaning, or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is thought of as a healthy way to give children the vitamins they need. Juice is packed with sugar and acids that can cause damage to your child’s teeth. Teaching a child good eating and drinking habits is important, so they do not expect to have juice all of the time. Choosing water over juice is best and saving juice for special occasions can help. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we are always giving our patients advice regarding how to take care of their teeth and mouth at a young age. Our staff is trained to give recommendations on diet and what foods to avoid in order to keep your child’s teeth cavity free.

How Does Juice Damage Teeth?

Juice contains high levels of sugar, and when your child drinks the juice the bacteria in the mouth creates an acid. This acid is what attacks the tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay and cavities. Visiting our office regularly with your child is important. Our exam process takes a look at your child’s teeth to ensure we do not see any issues with decay or any developing cavities.

Even though the sugar in juice is natural, it can still cause damage that can lead to tooth decay. In addition to the sugar, juice also contains natural acids that can wear down the enamel on our teeth. Talking to your child about making good food and drink choices can help avoid tooth decay from juice or other sugar filled foods and drinks.

What Juice Is Best?

If you choose to have juice there are differences in the brands and nutritional value. Juice cocktails tend to not be 100% juice, and can contain additional sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. Mixed juices can contain added sugars, so it is important to read the labels carefully. Many fruit punch type drinks are labeled as juice, but they have no nutritional value and are packed with added sugars.

Finding 100% fruit juice is the best choice, but these can also be unhealthy and contain just as much sugar as a glass of soda. Orange and grapefruit juices tend to have lower amounts of sugar. Choosing whole fruits instead of juice is always the best choice because whole fruit provides additional nutrition such as fiber and other vitamins.

Ready To Schedule Your Appointment With Us?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s appointment, or have a concern about tooth decay, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

In most children teeth erupt normally and there are no issues. On the other hand there are cases when parents may notice their child’s teeth are not erupting at a normal rate, or not at all. If you notice your child’s teeth are not erupting properly it may be time to bring them in to see their dentist.

One of the many reasons it is important to establish a relationship with your child’s dentist at an early age is so we can keep an eye on their teeth, and get in front of any issues. Knowing ahead of time your child may have an issue can help prevent further complications. There are a few common reasons why teeth may not erupt properly in children.

Space Is Limited

In many cases children do not have enough space in their mouth for permanent teeth to erupt properly. Permanent teeth are larger and wider than baby teeth, and this can cause an issue if there is not enough space available.

Impaction

Impaction is when a permanent tooth is unable to erupt on its own. Impacted teeth develop under the gums and can be caused by extra teeth, lack of space, or narrow jaws. If your child has impacted teeth we will refer you to an orthodontist for treatment. Orthodontic treatment is typically needed to help make the necessary space in the mouth. A simple procedure is done to uncover the impacted tooth under the gum, and gently pull the tooth into place.

Teeth Erupting the Wrong Way

A common issue children face is when their permanent teeth erupt in the wrong direction. This typically happens to either the upper canine teeth or the lower bicuspids. If your child’s teeth are erupting in the wrong direction you will be referred to an orthodontist to help move the teeth into the correct position.

Extra Teeth

Another common issue with tooth eruption in children is when they have too many teeth. This condition is called hyperdontia, and the extra teeth can block permanent teeth from erupting. To correct this issue we may recommend extracting the extra teeth that are causing an issue. For this condition, orthodontic treatment may be needed.

Medical Conditions

Medical conditions can affect if and how teeth erupt, as well as the development of the jaw. If development is affected by a medical condition, this can delay permanent teeth from erupting on time. Common medical conditions that may cause an issue are down’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, and rickets

Ready To Visit Your Child’s Dentist?

If you feel your child has an issue with their teeth erupting please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment in our office. Our team is here to help, and the sooner we can take a look at your child’s teeth the quicker we can devise a treatment plan.

Your child’s health is our priority, and our team always strives to provide the very best care for all of our patients.

If you have a concern about your child’s teeth, and you would like to schedule an appointment please contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Many children can be worried or scared if they are told that they need to get dental fillings due to having cavities. Parents as a result, may second-guess themselves on if they truly need the procedure done. Although no parent wants their child to have to undergo any dental procedure that might frighten them or cause discomfort, leaving a small cavity persist can mean more extensive dental work later. This delay also can increase both the time to correct the issue and drive up overall costs.

However, going to a compassionate and highly trained pediatric dentist can alleviate anxieties for both parent and child, especially if can get an outline on what exactly goes on in treatment. In this article, our pediatric dentist in Bellvue, WA provides a general outline for what parents can expect for a child needing pediatric dental fillings. 

What Type of Medication Will Be Used for Fillings?

Typically pediatric dentists will apply numbing topical medication and deeper numbing injections to prevent discomfort and pain. If needed, your pediatric dentist will also administer oral/conscious sedation via a gas that is inhaled through a simple oxygen mask. The combination of both relaxes the child and helps  ease any fears. However, it is first important to discuss your child’s particular circumstances to your dentist so that a solid plan can be formed for your child’s circumstances.

At Art of Pediatric Dentistry in Bellevue, WA, Dr. Yu Ong has years of experience in dealing with younger children and teens. Dr. Ong will ensure that your child gets the time and necessary attention that they need to feel comfortable about the process prior to the start of the procedure and that their treatment plan is right for them. 

What Type of Filling Will My Child Get?

A dental filling is typically crafted out of a composite resin material. This is usually shaded to match the color of a childs natural teeth making the filling less noticeable. In the past, fillings for back teeth were often made from stronger and harder metal materials that were more noticeable. Due to recent advances in dental care, the newer dental filling composites are stronger and can be just as effective than the less desirable older filling materials. 

What Happens When a Child Gets a Filling?

Once it is determined that pediatric fillings are needed, your dentist will first providing your child with a local anesthetic so that the procedure is comfortable and stress-free. The decay is then removed from the tooth using a slower speed drill. Once all the decay is removed, the small hole that was created in the tooth is prepped for the filling material. The composite resin is both placed and poured into the small hole and smoothed. The filling is then cured with a specialized curing light The entire process generally takes 1 visit, so your child can go home and enjoy the rest of their day!

At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we also believe in the importance of preventative care. Dr. Yu Ong will also take the time to explain to both parents and children some considerations and tips to prevent cavities. By doing this, children will be less likely to need to get more fillings in the future!

Looking for a Pediatric Dentist Near You?

If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced pediatric dentist near you, consider scheduling with Art of Pediatric Dentistry! Our pediatric dental office in Bellvue, WA is experienced in providing exceptional and gentle dental care for children throughout King County and the surrounding neighborhoods. Dr. Yu Ong is committed to making sure that your child not only gets the treatment that they need but that they also thrive after their appointment. We take the time to explain to children and parents on ways to maximize their oral health. 

Schedule your next appointment by calling our friendly staff at (425) 401-1147!

You may also reach us by using our online form or swinging by our office. We are located near Stevenson Elementary School and the Los Chilangos restaurant. We are also open from Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and take appointments on Friday.

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