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19718 68th Ave W # G
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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Dentistry for Kids
We are a family oriented practice. Our staff ranges from great-grandparents to new parents... we know and understand the importance of family and that is why we believe "Family First."

Click here for The Developing Smile: Tooth Eruption Chart.

Click here to download 'Did You Know'—an informative article about children's oral development.

We have devoted a section of our web site to children. We will address the most frequently asked questions. However, if you have a question or a concern that we have not addressed, please call the office or email us and we will be happy to help you.

1.  We recommend a child's first dental cleaning "Happy Visit" to be around age three, however; the first introduction to the dental office can be much earlier. The child could come in at a parent or sibling's appointment and we do a visual exam to check for obvious decay. This is an ideal way to acclimate them to the dental setting prior to an actual appointment.

2.  In our office we never force a child into the appointment. We believe it is important to earn their trust, we know we are setting the pattern for a lifetime. We talk to the child on their level and communicate so they understand what we are doing and what they should expect. We listen to them, so we understand their concerns and can address their needs and fears.

3.  Sometimes we end up not being able to do much and that's okay... we wait another few months and try again.

1.  Baby's gums should be cleaned every day with a clean, damp wash cloth. Once teeth appear (around 9 months) they are at risk for decay. Prevention is essential. Clean daily with a soft tooth brush and a rice sized amount of tooth paste.

2.  Ever heard of "Baby Bottle Syndrome"? It is real and affects babies and toddlers who go to bed with a bottle filled with formula, milk or juice. When these liquids remain in the mouth and in contact with the teeth over long periods they build bacteria which can cause decay. If you must put your child to bed with a bottle your best option is to fill the bottle with water.

3.  For between meal snacks... offer fruits and vegetables. Avoid sticky foods (raisins), sweets, cookies and starches (crackers). Be sure to brush your childs teeth prior to napping and bedtime so these foods do not remain in the mouth for long periods of time.

4.  SEALANTS... as soon as the permanent molars erupt (around ages 6 and 12 years) we will recommend sealants on the permanent molars. If the tooth already has a filling, then it does not get a dental sealant.

A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Grooves on these back teeth are so narrow that a toothbrush cannot fit into the spaces to remove plaque. Dental sealants prevent dental decay in the grooves. Sealants can provide 100% protection from dental decay or "cavities" on the chewing surfaces. Most insurance companies cover sealants under preventative services.

For more information on Children’s dentistry:
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (
American Association of Orthodontics (
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Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Phone: (425) 778-6677
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19718 68th Avenue West
Suite G
Lynnwood, Washington
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