Category: The Kidds Place Dentistry for Children

2013 Readers Survey Gold Award for “Best Children’s Dentist”
2013 Readers Survey Gold Award for “Best Children’s Dentist”

With a bright smile and much gratitude, it is a pleasure to announce that The Kidds Place Dentistry of Spokane was voted the Gold Award for the ‘best children’s dentist of the city!’ The Reader’s Poll of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine revealed The Kidds Place Dentistry is what it is, its the kid’s place to go! So lets break out some cake and prizes (but don’t forget that toothbrush!) to celebrate this achievement and express gratitude for the community’s generous participation.

The Spokane Couer d’Alene Living Magazine is a great guide for things to do and places to go around the community. Wondering where the best of the best is? Consult this guide for favorite local businesses and services voted by readers of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene! Gold Awards are presented to the best of the best and a special thanks goes out to Spokane Couer d’Alene Living Magazine for voting The Kidds Place Dentistry as the best children’s dentist of 2013

The Kidds Place Dentistry provides outstanding service for infants, children, adolescents, and special needs. Doctors and staff maintain the highest standards not only in dental care but also in providing a fun, safe, and comfortable environment that will promote a healthy outlook for children in their dental care. No wonder children are begging to go! The Kidds Place commits to helping children feel completely at ease with a diverse play area and fun, kid-friendly environment. Going to the dentist can be fun!


Health & Wellness / Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Health & Wellness / Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Many parents wonder, when should my child see the dentist for the first time?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur by his or her first birthday.

Tooth decay, or dental caries, is the most common chronic infectious disease of children in the country. The Center for Disease Control indicates it is most common among individuals between 6 and 19 years of age, is four times more common than asthma, and that more than 25% of 4 year olds have endured at least one cavity.

Despite the fact that 1 year olds typically have only about 8 to 10 out of 20 baby teeth, it is important for parents to schedule the “first well baby visit” as a preventive measure. At this first visit, we can gently introduce the child and parent to the pediatric dental environment, discuss proper home-care and diet, and evaluate the child’s growth and development.

Parents are oftentimes unaware of the early signs and potential problems that can lead to cavities. For instance, juice and milk are common causes of cavities in young children, and if a child frequently falls asleep with a cup of either in his or her mouth, this can result in severe consequences for baby teeth. This information can assist parents in improving their child’s dental health in the future.

So, what can you and your children expect at a first well baby visit? A friendly and explorative experience, rather than a painful and dreadful one.

Experts agree that it is also important for parents to find a “dental home” for their children, and doing this at a very young age decreases the probability that the first visit will be occasioned by an oral emergency. Parents should seek out an office that is: (1) child- and parent-friendly; (2)knowledgeable about young children’s oral health, growth and development; (3) responsive to you; (4) gentle and kind toward your child – even if your child fusses when his or her mouth is examined; (5) focused on your child’s specific needs; and (6) provides specific advice as to how to care for your child’s mouth.

Pediatric dental offices have child-friendly waiting rooms, age-appropriate toys and games, and child-sized chairs that can help patients fell more comfortable.

Don’t worry, it’s not too late, some parents may not want to bring their child because they are afraid that their child might not sit still or have a bad experience. We try to make the first visit a friendly and positive one. It’s important for the patient and parent to build trust in us.

Suggestions for your child’s dental care

1.     Use a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water as soon as the first teeth appear. Use a “smear” of toothpaste to brush a child less than 2 years of age, and a “pea-sized” amount from 2-5 years. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

2.     Brush after breakfast and before bedtime, and do not give your child additional liquids after they brush at night. Help your child brush in the morning and in the evening.

3.     Floss every night, because that is the best way to clean in between your teeth.

4.     Don’t let your child sip on juice between meals, and avoid chewy and sticky foods such as candy, gum, fruit chews, fruit snacks, gushers and gummies.

5.     The bacteria that cause cavities are contagious, so don’t share utensils or drinks with your child.

Note: Excerpts from Hinsdale Magazine