In this list, you can read more about some of the services we offer!
Preventive dental care is one of the best ways to keep your kid’s smile looking great and healthy for their whole lives. It’s extremely important to keep primary (baby) teeth healthy because they make way for the permanent teeth to eventually come in. There is a common misconception that baby teeth don’t matter because they are going to fall out anyway. That couldn’t be more wrong! At KidSmile Dental we focus on preventative dental care that keeps smiles healthy for all the right reasons: your children’s health and happiness!
Fluoride is one of the most simple, yet effective treatments at KidSmile Dental. Fluoride is a natural mineral that promotes healthy enamel growth on teeth, in turn assisting in the battle against cavities. Our fluoride treatments are a much higher dosage than is available over the counter, and we’ll apply it at the end of your child’s appointment to let it rest on their teeth long after they have left the dental chair.
Children are more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. This is because they tend to eat more sugary foods throughout the day and aren’t cleaning their teeth as well as adults do. While it is important to regiment their sugary intake and show them how to brush and floss well, sometimes cavities just find their way in. To combat this, we can apply a thin layer of plastic that will coat the hard-to-reach molars. Sealants are one of the most effective ways to stay cavity-free!
We specialize in children’s dentistry and know that sometimes children need a little extra help with their oral health care. When it comes to restorative dentistry for children, it becomes even more important for your children to feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointment. It’s important to remember that even with primary teeth, you still need to make sure that your kids’ teeth and gums are healthy, even though they are temporary. The health of your kids’ primary teeth lays the foundation for the health of their adult teeth.
Cavities develop at all ages, and a cavity left untreated can damage the tooth. At KidSmile Dental, we protect the tooth with composite fillings, which is a tooth-colored mix of plastic and glass to protect the tooth from further damage. Amalgam fillings, traditionally known as silver fillings, are a mixture of mercury, copper, silver, and tin to create a very stable, durable tooth. These fillings will prevent bacteria from getting into the tooth and spreading decay. We are very gentle with our procedures and are conscientious of your child’s comfort during their treatment.
Kids can develop tooth decay when they eat too many sugary foods and they don’t clean their teeth as thoroughly as they should. However, sometimes tooth decay comes down to genetics and some kids may simply be more prone to cavities than others. When tooth decay has damaged a tooth, it’s important to restore the tooth with a supportive dental crown. By protecting your kids’ teeth at an early age, you ensure their oral development is protected too!
If you’re the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs, you know how challenging a trip to the dentist can be — for both you and your youngster. Whether you have a toddler or a preteen, you can rest assured that our caring Spokane Valley pediatric dental team is committed to being a partner with you in the care of your child.
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The soft tissue that connects your tongue and upper lip to your mouth vary from person to person. In some cases, people are born with tissue that is very short. This shortened tissue restricts the movement of the tongue or the mouth. These conditions are nicknamed “tongue-tie” and ”lip-tie” and occur in around 5 percent of infants. While they aren’t usually life-threatening, these oral restrictions can mean a lot of unnecessary limitations to your child and can interfere with breastfeeding during the infant years and speech development as a child grows older.
Your child should never be held back by something so treatable. Through a quick laser procedure, we can give your child’s tongue or lip a much greater range of motion.
We are dedicated to giving your child a positive dental experience through and through. When they leave our office, we want them to have a big and happy smile, not just because of our work, but also because they had a good time! We want your child to grow up enjoying their routine dental examinations because when they see us regularly, they are less likely to develop dental problems in the future.
We offer safe sedation options when they are necessary. We understand that sometimes the dental chair is just too much for a child and that they might need something extra to help calm their nerves. If your child is in need of restorative work like extractions or fillings, we have the proper anesthetics to ensure there will be little to no pain. All of our sedation options are safe, effective, and comfortable for your child.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, is a gas that is mixed with oxygen, which, once inhaled, promotes an extreme sense of relaxation. This is a good option for younger patients who are feeling very uneasy about sitting in the dental chair. They will remain conscious and will be able to answer questions from the doctor during the treatment. Once we remove the nitrous oxide, your child will feel back to normal within minutes, and they can go about their day without any side effects.
This option is better suited for children who have already developed a bigger fear of the dentist. About 15 minutes before the procedure, our team will carefully administer a pill to your child. By appointment time, they’ll be feeling extremely relaxed and serene. They will remain conscious for the duration of the treatment, allowing them to answer any questions the doctor might have. They will continue to feel the effects of oral conscious sedation for about an hour after the appointment is over.
General anesthesia will gently and safely put your child to ‘sleep’ for the treatment. They will be unconscious for the entirety of their appointment, and when they wake up, we’ll be through and they’ll be ready to go home! General anesthesia is typically meant for major procedures like tooth extractions. Our practice uses a group of medical doctors to safely administer general anesthesia.
At KidSmile Dental, we do our best to save your child’s teeth, whether they are “baby” teeth or permanent teeth. But sometimes, we have to extract a tooth to prevent or remove an infection, or because of irreversible damage. If our team recommends an extraction for your child, rest assured that he or she will be in gentle and capable hands with our doctors and our team.
When we think of kids and losing teeth, we often think about tying a string around a tooth and doorknob so there’s something for the Tooth Fairy. When a tooth is loose and ready to fall out, at-home “extractions” are simple, and some kids really have fun coming up with new ways to get the tooth out. But if a tooth needs to be extracted but isn’t loose, it’s a lot less fun!
A tooth that’s not loose may need to be extracted for a number of reasons. If there is a deep cavity that has caused an infection, or if an injury has caused damage to the tooth that we can’t fix with a simple dental crown, the doctor may recommend an extraction. Another reason for extraction is to provide space for surrounding teeth to erupt properly and as preparation for orthodontics.
Thinking about having a tooth pulled can make even the calmest dental patient a little anxious. We provide relaxing sedation to your child to ensure that he or she is comfortable throughout the entire process. We have nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and oral conscious (“twilight”) sedation. During your consultation, talk with our team about which option is best for your child. Read more about sedation above.
If your child is in need of emergency dental care, please call our office immediately. Our practice reserves time in our schedule specifically for seeing emergency patients, and our doctors are on call 24/7. We do everything we can to see you as soon as possible! If for some reason there is no answer when you call, we advise that you go to your nearest emergency room. Oftentimes, timeliness is crucial to saving a tooth!
We schedule extra time in our day to accommodate same-day emergency care. So if you find yourself in need of a dentist fast, call us immediately!
Need quick advice? We’ve compiled a first aid guide to help you act quickly whenever an injury occurs so that you can protect your kid’s teeth and gums and prevent serious damage. See the first aid guide here!
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