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Kids Dentistry in Issaquah Highlands

Your child’s first trip to his/her dentist should be a memorable experience. Bringing them to a dentist at a young age is important in order to properly educate them on the importance of good oral health. Here at Discovery Dental, we can guarantee that your child’s oral health is in good hands. From the moment you and your family enter our dental clinic, we want you and your child to feel as comfortable as possible. The more knowledgeable you and your child are about your dental health after leaving our office, the better you will feel.

Parents should bring their child to a kids dentist in Issaquah Highlands around the time of their first first birthday. It is important that whenever their newly erupted teeth emerge, they should receive proper dental care from a dentist.

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When will my child’s new teeth emerge?

Your child’s baby teeth begin to emerge between the ages of six to twelve months, and will continue to emerge until their third birthday. You should expect tenderness and soreness on his/her gums. To prevent discomfort, we suggest that you soothe the gums by rubbing a cool, wet cloth over them to reduce swelling. You can also utilize a teething ring, if your child prefers. Whenever your child has finished teething, you can expect a full set of 20 primary teeth, which comprises their beautiful new set of “baby teeth”!

As your child reaches the age of four, his/her jaw and facial bones will begin to develop, allowing space between the primary teeth for their permanent adult teeth to grow. Your child’s first teeth will eventually begin falling out once he/she reaches the age of six or seven years old. During this period, you will notice that your child’s permanent teeth will continue to surface through their gums until they reach their 21st birthday. Ultimately, most adults gain a full set of 32 permanent teeth (including four wisdom teeth).

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Practices

Teaching your child on how he/she will maintain proper oral care is an essential skill, as it is an investment in his/her health which will last a lifetime. You may want to supervise your child every two weeks as his/her teeth begin to erupt. Keep in mind that no matter how much your child loves to indulge in sweets, sugary foods and liquids will attack their shiny new teeth, and will eventually result in tooth decay.

We suggest that you encourage your child to brush his/her teeth at least three to four times a day after meals, and before bedtime at night. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush along with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brushing can be fun, and your child should begin their brushing habits shortly after his/her first tooth emerges. It is not recommended for children younger than two years to begin brushing with fluoride toothpaste until your children’s dentist in Issaquah Highlands instructs you to do so.

Flossing is also an important practice which you should teach to your child. Your dentist will discuss an appropriate age to introduce flossing with you. If you notice any signs of tooth decay, it is better to bring your child to a dentist for an appointment.

Prevent Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay usually occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and begins to break down the surface enamel. It is often caused by residual sugars which break down into corrosive acids over time. Children are at a high risk for tooth decay since they generally do not observe good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing will certainly go a long way in preventing your child from suffering tooth decay.

We recommend that you bring your child to a dentist every six months for their routine dental cleanings and checkups. Fluoride treatments, along with cleanings, biannually usually helps keep their teeth strong and healthy. Dentists also suggest tooth sealants because they form a seal between the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing plaque from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants may last for a few years, but will need to be monitored by the dentist during your child’s checkup.

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DrVanama a great dentist!

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

Sue Skelton

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:59+00:00

Sue Skelton

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

We are very glad to have her in our area

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

Elizabeth Watkins

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:23+00:00

Elizabeth Watkins

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

I constantly refer patients to her

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

Kathryn Campbell

5.0
2016-03-05T06:28:00+00:00

Kathryn Campbell

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

My best dental experience ever!!

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Pratyusha Naidu

5.0
2016-03-05T06:27:12+00:00

Pratyusha Naidu

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Vanama and her team provide the best possible care

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

Ed Wilhelme

5.0
2016-03-29T14:55:23+00:00

Ed Wilhelme

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

Susan Draughon

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:06+00:00

Susan Draughon

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

I have much confidence in her as a dentist

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Nicholas Moe

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:41+00:00

Nicholas Moe

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit

Alyason Mitchell

5.0
2016-03-29T14:58:17+00:00

Alyason Mitchell

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit
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