Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Brooklyn Avenue Dental

Sam Kim, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Seattle, WA

It’s important for kids to establish good oral health habits at an early age to prevent future issues, and having a dentist they feel comfortable with is essential for this. Dr. Sam Kim is passionate about oral health and has the skills necessary to keep pediatric patients smiling, so he proudly offers dental care to children and adolescents in the Seattle, Washington, area out of his Brooklyn Avenue Dental office. Call or book an appointment online today.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

Why is it important for kids to see the dentist at a young age?

Establishing a good relationship with a dentist at an early age takes some of the stigma out of dental appointments. Dr. Andy provides both education and treatment to children on their level, so they feel comfortable receiving dental care and won’t be as wary of seeing a dentist in the future.

It’s also important that your kids receive oral care at a young age to prevent or catch any potential dental issues. Although kids’ first set of teeth fall out, issues with the first set of teeth can affect the second set.

What types of treatments does the dentist provide to your child?

Dr. Andy provides a wide variety of treatments for children, including:

  • Composite fillings
  • Patient education
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride

Kids are also known to not be as careful about their teeth as adults, in which case, if your child cracks, breaks, or knocks out a tooth, Dr. Andy can assist. He also addresses infections and injuries to the gums.

When should you bring your child to the dentist for the first time?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should bring your child to visit Dr. Andy after their first birthday. That might sound a little young, but unfortunately, cavities are becoming more prevalent in young, preschool-aged children. However, you can help your child combat early cavities by getting a head start on seeing the dentist.

Dr. Andy examines your child’s teeth and provides you with useful information on oral development, the proper use of fluoride, how to care for your child’s teeth, and factors that increase your child’s risk of cavities.

When can a child start using a fluoridated toothpaste?

You may start using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste on your child's toothbrush at three years or older. You need to decide when you feel your child can brush and spit out the contents to prevent fluorosis, a condition that occurs due to an excessive amount of fluoride.

Between the fluoridated toothpaste, tap water, and regular dental fluoride treatments, your child should receive an adequate amount of fluoride. If you have any concerns, you should visit Dr. Andy to discuss whether your child is receiving enough.