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We are so happy to have you join our happy family! It is important to us that we make your first visit as positive and enjoyable as possible for your whole family.

According to AAPD, Get it done age one

1 + 1 = ZERO

  • ONE dental visit when there's ONE tooth can equal ZERO cavities.
  • Visiting a pediatric dentist by the time the first baby tooth appears enables the child to begin a lifelong preventive dental care program to minimize tooth decay and cavities.
  • If you start seeing a Pediatric dentist early in life, it sets up your child to have less anxiety and better dental health.
  • Pediatric dentists can detect early tooth decay, provide parents with information on proper oral and facial development, determine their specific needs and more.
  • We encourage parents not to make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle" or "drill".
  • We are experienced in dealing with patients with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures positively and pleasantly to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
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To submit your paperwork online please click here. This tool not only saves you time but also allows you to be able to skip this step during check-in, so you can enjoy time with your child in the reception area and speed up your appointment time!

How to make your teeth happy

At Happy Kids, we provide a wide variety of services ranging from preventive to those needing treatment.

Preventive services include proper brushing, flossing and eating habits, ideal fluoride levels and the use of pit and fissure sealants. We strive to provide a fun, educational environment whose children learn about the importance of good dental hygiene.

How to make your teeth happy:

First and foremost we believe that every child is different and needs different management techniques. HKD doctors have a specialty training for extra 2/3 yrs where they specifically learn to hone the skills of working with children of all ages and behavioral needs. We understand some children are more anxious than the others. We have different methods to cope with it. Some of the different techniques include but are not limited to:

  • Behavior management: We use techniques like Tell Show Do, distraction, positive reinforcement, etc to help the child cooperate.
  • Nitrous oxide: Some procedures in cooperative children can often be done under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide. The safest way to relieve anxiety is nitrous oxide aka "laughing gas". We routinely use it in our office. This is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child's nose. We monitor the children during nitrous oxide with a pulse oximeter. The AAPD recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to help relax your child during treatment.
  • General anesthesia: Some children that are young, severely apprehensive of the dental setting or have multiple carious lesions are best treated under general anesthesia. This decision is taken by the dentist and parents together. All necessary diagnostics, cleaning, and treatments are performed while the child is asleep. This eliminates the fear factor and sets the child up for easy check-up visits that are non-invasive.
Children with special needs

We can relate to the importance of finding a dentist that will not only help your child but will do it with such grace and comfort that your child feels at home. No two children are the same, and at Happy Kids, we have the knowledge and expertise to specialize our treatment to accommodate all levels of need.

Dr. Eid and his wife Hazar are parents of a child with special needs (Faris). They are not only advocates for their child, but for others in this community as well. Dr. Eid and Hazar have been advocates and board members for Life Works and the Arc of Cowlitz County. Doctors at HKD are firm believers that every child deserves a happy and confident smile.

From general cleaning appointments to braces to surgical needs, our staff is trained to provide special needs services every step.

Why chose braces at HKD?

Here at Happy Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, we monitor a child's oro-facial development from their early years. We interfere by modifying the growth and development of the child at the appropriate time to improve the outcome of the treatment, to uncomplicate difficult cases, and to cut the treatment time shorter than usual.

Orthodontic treatment (Braces) go hand and hand with caring for the cleanliness of the teeth. Here at Happy Kids, we strive to keep the patients focused not only on the alignment of their teeth but also on preventing cavities from starting. All of our professional cleaning appointments are scheduled in conjunction with the orthodontic check appointments maximizing efficiency and giving us access to better clean the child's teeth while minimizing visits for the parents.

Why do Braces at Happy Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics?

Because we are your knowledgeable resource for combined total oral health care and orthodontics at the same time throughout the growth and development of your child.

Early v/s late treatment

Families often ask us why some children start their dental treatment so early and how early is really too early these days.

In pediatric dentistry, early treatment is considered treatment performed before the child loses all of his or her baby teeth, which can range from 6 to 12 years old.

When evaluating a patient, we take into consideration some criteria to prompt us to start the treatment early, including:

  • Crossbite, which is when the top teeth bite inside bottom teeth. This is because a crossbite can affect growth pattern for the child's jaws and, if not treated early, can lead to irreparable damage.
  • Psycho-social considerations where the child perception of herself affects how she is dealing with the world.
  • Risk of trauma for some active children with pronounced front teeth.

We believe all children should be screened and evaluated to determine if early treatment would be beneficial or if treatment can wait until the child loses all of his or her baby teeth.

Happy Smiles / Before & After Gallery

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