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Pediatric dentistry
Why pediatric dentistry?   Can't I just take my child to see our family dentist?
We're often asked that question and the answer is both yes and no.

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. While general dentists often provide good care, we strongly recommend seeing a specialized dentist that focuses solely on children. And at Happy Kids, our doctors and staff are experts at treating children's oral health and communicating at an age-appropriate level to help with patient's understanding and comfort. From using size-appropriate tools that fit properly in a child's mouth to providing an enjoyable physical space, we make children our number one priority.
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Happy first visit
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.
How to make your teeth happy
At Happy kids we provide a wide variety of services ranging from preventive to those needing treatment.
Children with special needs
We can relate with 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.
The first dental appointment
We are happy you are joining our happy family! It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable as possible for your entire family. Our goal is to make your family feel as welcome and comfortable as possible as you become acquainted with our staff and doctors. Whether your child is 0-18 years old, we want to establish a relationship that will alleviate any anxiety and educate them on the importance of oral health and regular dental visits. Patients should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel. If your child is a 1 year old click here to get important information regarding their first dental visit.

We will record the child's dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining good dental health with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

To submit your paperwork online please click here.
Patient forms
Please print and fill out the following forms, then bring them to your appointment. 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!

New Patient Information -- Download & Print | Fill Out Online
Emergency info
Tooth Ache
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to the emergency room.
Broken Tooth
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
Over-Retained Baby Teeth
Over-retained baby teeth occur when there is a delay in losing baby teeth. This is a common dental problem in children. Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth and must fall out to make room for the permanent (adult) teeth to come in the correct position. This process usually occurs between the ages of 6 to 13. If your child has over-retained baby teeth, there may be a problem. Issues associated with the delayed loss of baby teeth include:
  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Development of the second row of teeth when the permanent teeth come in
  • Impacted permanent teeth
For permanent teeth to erupt correctly, it may be necessary to have the affected baby teeth extracted. If your child experiences delayed loss of baby teeth, early orthodontic treatment might be recommended as well.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.
FAQs
Here at Happy Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics, we know how scary it can be to take your child to the dentist. Most parents have a fear of the dentist that they transfer to their children.
To make your visit easier, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to answer some of your questions and address some of your concerns.
When should I schedule my child's first visit to the dentist?
In addition to completing dental school, pediatric dentists have completed several years of specialized training in the field of pediatric dentistry. They have gained extensive knowledge and are experienced in treating infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children and have additional knowledge related to childhood development and behavior. Additionally, because our office is geared towards younger patients, you'll find that our staff provides an especially friendly environment and that our office is designed with decorations and activities that make children more comfortable than they would be in a standard office.
What happens during my child's first visit to the dentist?
On that first visit, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you basic information about dental care for a child at that age. The dentist will check the health of your child's teeth and look for potential problems with the gums or jaws. If cleaning is needed, we'll take care of that too. We'll answer any questions you have and provide you with informational material that contains helpful tips you can take home with you. The first visit usually takes only a few minutes and is a great way to start ensuring your child has optimum oral health in the years to come.
How can I prepare my child for his or her first dental appointment?
The best thing you can do for your child is to maintain a positive attitude. Children pick up on adult's apprehensions. If you make negative comments about the dentist's office, your child will pick up on that fear and act accordingly. Show your child pictures of our office and staff on our website so that both will be familiar to him or her when you arrive. Let your child know how important it is to keep teeth and gums healthy and how the dentist helps him or her do that. The dentist has the specialty training and is prepared to handle fears and anxiety, and the staff excels at putting your child at ease. As a parent, you can rest assured that your child will be in the best hands.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
We recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on your child's oral health and unique circumstances, we may recommend more frequent visits. We will work with you to devise a plan so your child will have the best oral health possible.
Baby teeth aren't permanent. Why do they need special care?
Your child's first teeth play an important role in his or her development. While they're in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early, the nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Although they don't last as long as permanent teeth, baby teeth affect your child's oral health, which then affects your child's general health.
What's the best way to clean my baby's teeth?
Even before your baby's first tooth appears, it's important to practice good hygiene. We recommend that after feeding you clean his or her gums with a damp soft washcloth. As soon as the first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush. We recommend that you use one that is designed specifically for infants. These are unique because they have a smaller head and softer bristles. Do not use toothpaste without first checking with the dentist.
At what age is it appropriate to use toothpaste to clean my child's teeth?
Once your child has multiple teeth, you can start using toothpaste. Use only a tiny amount for each cleaning. If your child is under the age of two, use toothpaste without fluoride. Fluoride can be very dangerous for young children. Always have your child rinse and spit out after brushing. You'll want to instill this habit before your child starts using fluoride toothpaste. Children naturally want to swallow after brushing; you'll have to guide them through it. Swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause teeth to stain. If your child isn't ready to take on the responsibility, you should brush your child's teeth for him or her. Most children are ready to brush independently by the age of 6 or 7, but every child is different. Continue to supervise your child until good habits have been established.
What causes cavities?
Cavities can be a result of genetics or poor oral hygiene. Be sure your child brushes his or her teeth at least twice a day and uses fluoride toothpaste if he or she is old enough. Flossing daily is important because flossing can reach areas between the teeth that brushing cannot. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement, which can help harden tooth enamel and thus make teeth more resistant to decay. Avoid giving your child sugary foods and drinks; limit your child's snacking, and make sure your child maintains a healthy diet. Also, make regular appointments and get professional cleanings for your child so that we can tackle any potential problems early.
Does my child need dental sealants?
Sealants cover the pits and fissures that are difficult to brush and therefore make teeth susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants, especially for the hard to reach molars, to protect your child's teeth and help them avoid cavities. Sealants are safe and the most preferred preventive measure for protecting your child's teeth.
My child plays sports. How can I protect his or her teeth?
Even children's sports involve contact, and so we recommend a mouthguard for children who participate in them. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about getting a custom-fit guard made to protect his or her teeth, lips, cheeks and gums.
What should I do if my child sucks his thumb?
As infants, most children suck their thumbs. Most grow out of it by age four without causing any permanent damage to their teeth. If your child continues sucking after permanent teeth erupt or suck aggressively, let us know. We can check to see if the habit will cause any problems.
When should my child have a dental X-ray taken?
We generally recommend taking X-rays when children are around the age of two or three. Your child's unique situation will determine the appropriate time. The first set of X-rays consists of simple pictures of the upper and lower front teeth. This set will familiarize your child with the process. Once the baby teeth in the back are touching one another, then we recommend regular X-rays. Permanent teeth start coming in around the age of six, and X-rays help us make sure your child's teeth and jaws are healthy and properly aligned. If your child has a high risk of developing dental problems, we may suggest X-rays at an earlier age.
Remember that each child's situation is unique. It's important for children to practice good habits and maintain a positive attitude about brushing, flossing, and the dental office. Our staff is specially trained to provide not only the best care but also the best overall experience for you and your child.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at (360) 636-1900 today.