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Redmond Medical Center
8301 161st Ave NE, #305
Redmond, WA 98052

425.885.5529 (p)
425.885.2024 (f)

Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs:  8am - 5pm

Brian J Dillon DDS PLLC is a BBB Accredited Dentist in Redmond, WA

Children's Dentistry

Your child's first visit

child at dentistWe usually like to see children around age 3, unless you have any questions or concerns at an earlier stage. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. The parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and Dr. Dillon or the Dental Hygienist.

The object of the first dental visit is twofold: we want to screen the child for any developmental problems, and we want them to have a fun and easy visit. In our experience, if a child’s first visit is fun, they will most likely enjoy coming to the dentist throughout their whole life. Often waiting until their first visit is an emergency like a bike accident or a bad fall can create a small amount of reluctance later on in their lives.

At their first visit, we will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. Radiographs (X-rays) may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure that your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home as well if necessary. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child's teeth as they grow and develop.

What should I tell my child about their first dental visit?

We are asked this question many times by young parents. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first haircut or trip to the doctor. Your child's reaction to their first visit to the dentist may be surprisingly easy for both them and you.

Some initial tips for your child's first visit:

What will happen during the first visit with your dentist?

Cavity prevention

Cavities in children are less common now than they were even twenty years ago. Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing and flossing by parents. Limiting sugar intake and brushing and flossing regularly can make a significant difference to reduce dental disease. Nutrition and diet play a critical role as well as some foods (i.e. raisins, soda, etc.) are considered "stickier" or higher in sugar content than others and can be the bigger culprits for cavities.

What are some examples of "stickier" or "sugary" foods?

Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities. The consistency of a person's saliva also makes a difference. Thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva that allows more acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.

Tips for cavity prevention


In the Redmond or Eastside area, the fluoride in our water supply is regulated to a constant 0.8 parts per million. Getting the right amount of this mineral is important to bone and tooth development, and fluoride regulation has been named one of the most successful public health measures of the last century by the U.S. Department of Public Health.

In addition, we also receive fluoride in our toothpaste, at the dental office, and from foods and beverages made with city water, the so-called “halo effect”. If you live rurally and are on well water, your dentist can help you determine if your family is receiving the optimal amount of fluoride for good health.

Tooth development

The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about six to eight months old. The next teeth to follow will be the four upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby's teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2-1/2 years old. Around the same time, your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of five and six, the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt into place after the primary teeth are lost. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth fairly soon and some do not. Although many young parents are concerned if some teeth are a few months early or late, this is usually not a problem as all children are different.

Baby teeth are important, not only in holding space for the permanent teeth, but also for chewing, biting, speech, and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene from a very young age.

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