Jon L. Way, DDS, MS, PLLC
Elizabeth Velan, DMD, MSD
Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialists
Seattle Pediatric Dentists
Frequently Asked Questions
What age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
A good time to bring your child in for their first visit is when they start erupting teeth and no later than their first birthday. At this age it is more of an informative happy visit. We will discuss proper diet, nutrition and good oral hygiene habits. Beginning early may prevent extensive dental needs in the future, creating a strong foundation for prevention.
Why not just take my kids to my dentist? Why pediatric?
We are the pediatricians of dentistry. Yes, your dentist is a family dentist, but Pediatric Dentistry is a specialty that required more years of schooling after becoming a general dentist. The staff and d, Board Certified doctors here are trained in a way to make it fun and exciting for kids. The office environment is tailored to them and comfortable as well.
How can I make teething easy?
This is a very common question, yet sadly there is no quick fix. The best way to help with the process and somewhat help with pain and tenderness, is cold things. The frozen teething toys or cold fruits like a slice of melon will help the best. Getting a good night sleep is helpful for them as well. If comfortable using children’s Tylenol, please do. It will help with pain and sleep for your little one.
Using any kind of numbing agent is not recommended, for example Oragel and teething tablets. There is no way to control the dosage and you do not want your child to consume too much. There have been documented adverse reactions to teething gels and pills including homeopathic remedies.
Why treat baby teeth? They are going to fall out anyway.
Your child’s baby teeth are just as important to have in their mouth as their adult teeth. They need them to be healthy and strong so they can function. Many parents don’t realize, but a child’s last baby tooth isn’t lost until around age twelve. If a molar has decay and is not treated, an abscess can form causing an infection in the mouth that may lead to loss of the tooth. Fixing a cavity while it is small can prevent extensive treatment later.
Can you tell me about Fluoride and X-rays?
We do provide both services at our office. We also support all beliefs and opinions on the subject. If your family is a fluoride free family or one that does not want x-rays taken, we only ask for you to sign a refusal form. This way the office and staff are aware of your preferences to make sure your visit is most comfortable.
• There is very little risk in the digital dental X-rays taken at our office. We are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. We use digital technology to reduce the amount of radiation. Every child wears a protective apron as well.
• Fluoride is used in two ways in the dental world, systemically and topically. When consumed systemically through the water we drink and the foods we eat, it goes into the blood stream strengthening the teeth while developing in the bone. When placed topically in the dental office it strengthens the teeth in the mouth and reduces any start of cavities from growing.
When will my child need orthodontics?
Every child is different when it comes to the right time to start treatment. It depends on the diagnosis as to what age this happens. Treatment can vary due to the child’s bite, crowding or aesthetics. At every cleaning appointment we will evaluate your child’s needs and give you a clear understanding of the next step. We consult and work with over thirty Orthodontists on a regular basis. When time is right, we will refer you to an Orthodontist that will match your needs.
What about sedation?
We have several methods to make sure that your child has the most comfortable and happy visit while doing treatment. We offer Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or general anesthesia. All are done in a safe environment within our office.
My child accidentally knocked out her permanent tooth, what should I do?
If the tooth is knocked out, try to replace back into socket or keep it in a glass of milk until you come into our office.
Contact our office as soon as possible.
Our son has fractured his tooth.
What do you suggest?
Rinse debris from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of injury. Placement of Vaseline over the area of the broken tooth will aid in decreasing sensitivity.
Contact our office as soon as possible.