Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry Tacoma

Your child is ready to meet the dentist as soon as six months of age. At 32 Pearls, Tacoma, your child’s first dental visit is free. 

Our dental clinic has experience with all phases of children’s dental care, including cleanings, fillings, fluoride treatments, sealants, etc. We have techniques specifically designed for children to establish trust with our staff and to help your child feel comfortable in our office. As your child grows, our team will regularly evaluate your child’s dental needs, providing the best dental care for your child in a friendly, anxiety-free environment. 

Pediatric dentistry is the oral healthcare for children from infancy to teenage years. Pediatric orthodontists have 2-3 years of specialized training for pediatric care. The team at 32 Pearls Tacoma has multitudes of experience working with babies, kids, teens, and special needs. 

At 32 Pearls, We Love Kids!

Pediatric Dentistry Tacoma
Pediatric Dentistry Services Available in 32 Pearls Tacoma

We completely understand a child’s point of view when it comes to the dentist. We also appreciate the parent’s concerns. 

If your child is having anxiety-related feelings about visiting us, we’ve got that covered.

Anxiety, Fears, and Dentist Phobias

That’s right. We have a plan for children with anxiety about going to the dentist, too. 20% of children are afraid of going to the dentist. However, the problem usually stems from a traumatic experience about going to a medical practitioner, or the child is watching the parent have anxiety about past experiences.

The best thing to do is teach your child to stay in the moment and educate them that they are always in a new moment that doesn’t have to do with a past situation. Here are a few ways we help kids and adults relax when thinking about going to the dentist, plus things you can do to help your child beforehand.

  • Breathing techniques are the best way to calm the body down and train your brain to think cognitively. Kids are often open to learning these techniques.
  • Please see our blog about how to calm anxiety at the dentist’s office. If you are calm, your child will follow your lead.
  • Talk to your child before you go to the dentist. Tell them everything that will happen and how fun it will be.
  • Do not tell your child about whatever experience you had, unless it was a good one.
  • Play a pretend “Going to the Dentist” game. Let your child be the dentist and practice on a stuffed animal. 
  • Watch videos or read books made for children about going to the dentist. There are multitudes of them. We’ve listed a few free videos on YouTube. These videos tell your child exactly what is going to happen.

Daniel Gets His Teeth Cleaned

A Child’s First Dentist Visit

A Real Kid Goes to the Dentist

A Child’s Visit to the Dentist

Just Going to the Dentist 

Why Do We Brush Our Teeth?

Peppa Pig Visits the Dentist

  • Let your child listen to their favorite music on the way to the dentist, so the experience is always fun. 
  • Trust and understand that the staff at 32 Pearls knows well how to relate to children, educate them, and give them the quality attention they deserve.
  • Positive reinforcement is always okay! Do something fun after the dentist that your child wants to do! Accent their bravery and be their cheerleading squad.

We have specialized plans for all aspects of pediatric dentistry

Specialized Action Plans

Each child receives a specialized plan of care. We know that not all kids are the same, and we strive to provide the best individualized program that inspires your child to want to brush their teeth. After meeting us, they develop an interest in great dental habits. Good dental practices learned early equal healthy habits for life.

We use state-of-the-art technology combined with exceptional care, comprehensive examinations, and the most advanced techniques to ensure your child with maximum oral care.

We investigate habits and behaviors that are potential risk factors for your child, such as thumb-sucking, pacifier habits, and how to avoid injuries to the mouth area. 

Preventative Care Plans

The best plan against cavities and oral hygiene problems is preventative care. We will give you an organized and routine maintenance schedule so that your child is familiar with dental practices and knows us, trusts us, and has a solid relationship with us. 

We promote healthy dental practices for children and give adults the essentials and education to encourage optimal health care for your child.

Pediatric plans for more involved dental issues

Specific plans are available for more intricate dental issues for your child. We cover all the bases for your child’s dental development and emergencies.

Sedation dentistry can be used for anxiety-relief and is used safely for children and adults. It is a safe and harmless option. Learn more about our Sedation Dentistry Services.

We treat all types of pediatric dental care at 32 Pearls. We specialize in the following services that include treatments for all ages plus more. See our Services page for more details.

Listed below are some concerns you may have about your children’s dental care. Please call us, and we will be happy to discuss anything with you and answer any questions.

Cavities – Yes. A baby’s teeth can get cavities. If not caught early enough, cavities in a baby’s teeth spread fast to the other teeth. Baby teeth are so important because they hold the proper space for adult teeth to grow in straight.

Braces – Braces are a great way to strengthen and align your teen’s teeth.

Invisalign – Invisalign is now a most trusted and favored option for teeth straightening by patients, dentists, and oral hygienists everywhere. Invisalign is a quick, easy, and a more straightforward procedure for the patient and dentist. It is the most straight forward option for teeth straightening. We have a teen package, and only 32 Pearls offers Invisalign at half off the regular price.

Emergencies

Sedation dentistry can be used for anxiety-relief and is used safely for children and adults. It is a safe and harmless option. Learn more about our Sedation Dentistry Services.

For more information about your child’s first FREE dental visit, contact us.