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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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How Do Space Maintainers Help Your Kids' Teeth?
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A child who is losing their baby teeth too early may need a space maintainer. This dental device helps keep the spaces between kids' teeth open until their permanent teeth come in. Keeping the spaces open can help prevent crooked teeth or crowding. Children lose teeth prematurely due to a number of reasons. Injury, infection, decay, malocclusions, crowding, and genetics are all culprits for premature tooth loss. You should let a pediatric dentist know if your child is beginning to lose their baby teeth too early. The dentist will need to investigate the cause before providing a solution. Sometimes, all that is needed to help prevent further problems is a space maintainer. If a child's primary teeth are lost too early, permanent teeth can come in through the empty space rather than the locations where they should be. If more permanent teeth are ready to erupt, there may be insufficient room in the mouth for them due to the lost space.

Space maintainers work differently. Some work by allowing the primary teeth in place as the permanent ones erupt. Others hold open the space where the lost teeth were until the permanent teeth are ready to come in. Depending on the location where the lost tooth is and the time the permanent teeth are expected to erupt, a pediatric dentist will choose the right type of space maintainer. Often, space maintainers are fabricated from plastic or metal and attached to the teeth adjacent to the empty space. These dental devices are usually not visible while a child smiles.

Other factors that help determine the space maintainer to use include the age of the child, the tooth that is missing, and the period the space maintainer has to be used. A pediatric dentist will discuss with you the type of space maintainer to be used. Talk to us if your child needs space maintainers or if he or she is losing baby teeth too early.

What to Do if Your Child Has Tooth Pain
When tooth pain occurs, it can be difficult to know what steps to take. The truth of the matter is that you want the toothache to be fixed as quickly as possible. Seeing your child suffer tooth pain can be stressful.

Contact a pediatric dentist and explain the symptoms in order to receive guidance. The dentist may recommend OTC medication for your child. You can also try an ice pack wrapped in a wet washcloth and placed on the sore tooth. An ice pack can help with discomfort. Also, try to elevate your child's head about six inches. You can use extra pillows placed under the mattress. Additionally, you can prop your child on their side too. Occlusal pressure is likely to cause pain if the gums are swollen and inflamed.

If the pain persists, contact our pediatric dentist.


The Importance of Routine Teeth Cleanings
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Cleaning the teeth is a preventive dentistry procedure that helps keep the teeth from bacteria, tartar, and plaque. It helps ensure the teeth remain shiny and bright. Professional teeth cleaning helps prevent gum disease and reduce bad breath. During the cleaning process, a dentist can detect signs of oral cancer.

Additionally, teeth cleanings help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes. It reduces the danger of developing cavities and allows the dentist to check for other oral issues such as a bad bite and TMJ disorder.

Come to our dental office to get your teeth cleaned thoroughly to prevent these oral problems and promote good health of the body.


Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



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16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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