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Dentistry for Kids Vancouver, WA


Father holding a mirror for his happy, young son sitting in a dental chair during his dental exam by Thurston Oaks Dental in Vancouver, WAYour child's holistic health depends on their dental health.

Good oral hygiene routines help your child develop excellent oral habits as they grow.

Inflammation, disease, and other teeth issues can all be caused by poor oral hygiene.

Our Vancouver dentist specializes in dentistry for kids, your child's oral hygiene is our greatest priority.

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?


All of a baby's teeth are hidden beneath the gums when they are born.

Around the age of six months, baby teeth begin to break out through the gums, but it is critical to start good oral hygiene for babies even before the emergence of the first teeth.

Healthy gums lead to healthy teeth. After feeding, it is crucial to wipe the baby's gums using a soft wet cloth. This aids in the removal of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.

Once they start to erupt, help them brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste in a pea-size amount, using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

To avoid baby bottle tooth decay, put the feeding bottle away after they are done feeding. When babies fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice, tooth decay can occur.

Baby teeth serve a variety of functions in the mouth. Eating, talking, and smiling all require them. Baby teeth aid in the preservation of jaw space for adult teeth.

Around the age of six, children will lose their first baby tooth as the adult teeth begin to emerge.

If your child loses a tooth too soon, speak with your children's dentist about the possibility of maintaining the proper space in the gums for the permanent tooth to emerge.

Dental Cleanings


Make an appointment for your child's first dental visit and cleaning before they turn a year old or when their first baby tooth appears. This appointment is similar to a well-baby checkup with your primary care doctor.

In addition to helping your child brush at home, flossing every day also aids in the prevention of cavities between teeth.

Once the teeth start to touch, help kids floss between their teeth daily. This aids in removing food remnants from between the teeth and below the gum line.

As with brushing, assist your child in cleaning in between their teeth and gums until they can do so effectively on their own.

Thurston Oaks Dental Office in Vancouver, WA

Dental Exams


Regularly occurring dental problems can be problematic for children who are just starting to develop their dental habits.

At regular dental exams with us, children are examined by our expert dentists.

They will look for signs that a child is scrubbing and flossing their teeth properly, and if they aren't, they take the time to help educate the child on how to care for their dental health properly.

Our Vancouver dentists will examine the child's teeth to see if they are erupting correctly. An X-ray may be required to ensure that teeth that have not yet broken through the gum line are perfectly aligned.

Children with repetitive dental health issues, such as caries, inflammation, or dental decay, should see our dentist every three months.

Dentistry for Kids


To avoid recurring dental problems in kids, take note of their nutrition, cleaning habits, and any distress or inflammation in the mouth.

Avoid sugary foods — particularly before bed, help them brush their teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, and, importantly, ensure they see our dentists who can help them maintain the health of their teeth and gums.

The goal of dentistry for children is to partner together with parents and their children to teach, guide, and provide good oral health and habits.

Visit Our Children's Dentists in Vancouver!


Call us at (360) 514-9212 or visit us at Thurston Oaks Dental to schedule your child’s next dental exam and cleaning!


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