Pediatric Dentistry from your Family Dentist
Family Dentist in Kirkland and Bellevue, Washington
At Bridle Trails, your family dentist in Kirkland and Bellevue, we specialize in pediatric dentistry to teach your children the best way to care for teeth. We offer the highest quality dental care in a kid-friendly atmosphere. Our friendly staff members and doctors prove that going to the dentist can be fun.
We provide comprehensive dental care to each child that walks through our door. We aim to bring the best pediatric experience possible in a calm and inviting environment. Parents choose Bridle Trails because of their ability to deal with all types of child behavior and special needs.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on caring for children’s oral health from infancy through teenage years and adults with special needs.
Why is pediatric dentistry important?
The sooner children begin getting regular checkups, dental cleanings, and learning good dental hygiene, the healthier they are throughout their lives. Early checkups prevent cavities and tooth decay, leading to pain, trouble concentrating, and other medical issues.
How long should a child go to a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist typically sees children from an age range of 6 months old until their final adult teeth have come in, up to 12 or 13 years of age. Many parents opt to have their children see a pediatric dentist into their teenage years.
What are common oral health issues in children?
In addition to tooth decay and cavities, other common oral health problems in children include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Malocclusions (bite and alignment issues)
- Thumb sucking
- Dental anxiety
- Lip sucking
- Tongue thrusting
- Premature tooth loss
- Dental emergency
- Gingivitis and gum disease
Parents are often shocked that their children can suffer from an oral problem like gum disease. Besides, gingivitis and gum disease usually affects older patients. But these diseases can strike patients of all ages, young and old when there is a problem with poor oral hygiene and diet.
Kirkland and Bellevue, Washington’s Premier Pediatric Dentist
Our team is friendly and caring, and we work hard to create a compassionate and relaxing atmosphere. We have many years of experience in pediatric dentistry and have developed a wide array of services. The pediatric dental services we provide are:
- BPA Free Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Infant Dentistry
- Nitrous Oxide for Children
- Pit and Fissure Sealant
- Space Maintainer
What is BPA Free Fillings?
Just like regular composite white fillings, BPA-free fillings are the same but do not include the controversial ingredient, BPA. The fillings come in different shades to match your natural teeth’ color.
What is Infant Dentistry?
Dentistry is not only for people who’ve grown in a complete set of teeth! It is highly recommended by the ADA that children receive dental care when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday.
In infant dentistry, Drs. Russell and Wesley Nomi assess the baby’s mouth to ensure everything is healthy and growing well. A family dentist can also give parents helpful advice for taking care of teeth and gums in their babies.
What is Nitrous Oxide for Children?
Nitrous oxide is happy gas or laughing gas, delivered through a small nose piece so your child can be awake throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide helps reduce a child’s pain and anxiety during dental treatment. Read more here.
What is Pit and Fissure Sealant?
Pit and fissure sealants prevent cavities in young children. They are applied to the molars and premolars to create a boundary between the tooth and bacteria.
Sometimes the grooves and fissures in the back teeth are too small to clean thoroughly with a toothbrush. Pit and fissure sealants provide an extra barrier of protection.
What is a Space Maintainer?
Space maintainers are small devices that prop open empty spaces for permanent teeth to grow into. If a tooth is lost prematurely, the gap is left empty, leading to orthodontic problems down the road. To learn more, follow this link.
Read this recent review from Laura Neumann:
Dr Nomi has been seeing my entire family for some time. He fixed fillings done badly by a different dentist for free. He has a friendly team of helpful people. He saw my father who was in from out of town on very short notice to re-glue a temp crown that had fallen off (done by a dentist from out of town). Listens to my feedback about how to deal with my dentist-resistant children too.
The entire team at Bridle Trails is committed to providing an anxiety-free experience to achieve excellent dental health. Please consider us if you are looking for a family dentist in Kirkland or Bellevue, WA. We love serving our local community, and we would love to help you.
Please call to schedule an appointment at our dental office for you or a family member at (425) 454-4298 & (425) 881-9333 or email us. Ask us about other services like cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.