Why pediatric dentistry? Can’t I just take my child to see our family dentist?
We’re often asked that question – and the answer is both yes and no.
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. While general dentists often provide good care, we strongly recommend seeing a specialized dentist that focuses solely on children. And at Happy Kids, our doctors and staff are experts at treating children’s oral health and communicating at an age-appropriate level to help with patient’s understanding and comfort. From using size-appropriate tools that fit properly in a child’s mouth, to providing an enjoyable physical space, we keep children our number one priority.
Happy First Visit
We are so happy you to have you join our dental family! It is important to us that we make your first visit as positive and enjoyable as possible for your whole family.Read More
We are so happy you to have you join our dental family! It is important to us that we make your first visit as positive and enjoyable as possible for your whole family. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable as you become familiar with the Happy Kids family of staff and doctors. A pleasant, comfortable (and maybe even FUN!) first visit helps to builds trust and put our patients at ease. Whether your child is 0 or 18, we want to establish a relationship that will alleviate any anxiety while educating them on the importance of oral health and regular dental visits. If your child is a 1 year old click here to get important information regarding their first dental visit.
We encourage parents not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with patients with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
To submit your paperwork online please click here. This tool not only saves you time but also allows you to be able to skip this step during check in, so you can enjoy time with your child in the reception area and speed up your appointment time!
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the sighting of their first tooth. At that time, the dentist can make a personalized plan for your child’s brushing, flossing, and other treatments. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
One of the important things in Pediatric dentistry is :
Get it done age one
1 + 1 = ZERO
— ONE dental visit when there’s ONE tooth can equal ZERO cavities.
— Visiting a pediatric dentist by the time the first baby tooth appears enables the child to begin a lifelong preventive dental care program to minimize tooth decay and cavities. If you start seeing a Pediatric dentist early in life, it sets up your child to have less anxiety and better dental health.
— Pediatric dentists can detect early tooth decay, provide parents with information on proper oral and facial development, determine fluoride needs and more.
How to Make Your Teeth Happy
At Happy kids we provide a wide variety of services ranging from preventive to those needing treatment.Read More
At Happy Kids we provide a wide variety of services ranging from preventive to those needing treatment.
Preventive services includes proper brushing, flossing and eating habits, ideal fluoride levels and the use of pit and fissure sealants. We strive to provide a fun, educational environment whose children learn about the importance of good dental hygiene.
Treatments could include but are not limited to:
— Composite “white” fillings
— Crowns: white and stainless steel
— Pulpal Therapy
— Space Maintenance
— Laser Dentistry
Laser Dentistry for soft tissue procedures such as frenectomies is also provided.
What is a Frenectomy?
A Frenectomy is simply the removal of connective tissue (called the frenum) from under the tongue or the upper gums.
In infants, both lip tie and tongue tie can cause problems with breastfeeding and potentially bottle-feeding. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask us.
How to make your teeth happy:
First and foremost we believe that every child is different and needs different management techniques. HKD doctors have a specialty training for 2/3 yrs where they specifically learn to hone the skill of working with children of all ages and behavioral needs. We understand some children are more anxious than the others. We have different methods to cope with it. Some of the different techniques include but are not limited to:
1. Behavior management: We use techniques like Tell Show Do, distraction, positive reinforcement etc to help the child cooperate.
2. Nitrous oxide: Some procedures in cooperative children can often be done under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide. The safest way to relieve anxiety that we routinely use in our office is nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose. We monitor the children during nitrous oxide with a pulse oximeter. The AAPD recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to help relax your child during treatment.
3. General anesthesia: Some children that are young or severely apprehensive are best treated under general anesthesia. Meaning necessary diagnostics, cleaning and treatment are performed while the child is asleep. This eliminates the fear factor and sets the child up for easy check-up visits that are non-invasive. It also allows the dental team to establish a rapport with the child to help aid in overcoming their fear of dentistry. bvIt is sometimes necessary to complete dental treatment on children using general Anesthesia; this gets decided between the Pediatric dentist and the parents to achieve best results. This is because there is increased apprehension of the dental setting or Presence of multiple carious lesions.
Children with Special Needs
We can relate with the importance of finding a dentist that will not only help your child, but will do it with such grace and comfort that your child feels at home.Read More
We can relate with the importance of finding a dentist that will not only help your child, but will do it with such grace and comfort that your child feels at home. No two children are the same, and at Happy Kids, we have the knowledge and expertise to specialize our treatment to accommodate all levels of need.
Dr. Eid and his wife Hazar are parents of a child with special needs (Faris). They are not only advocates for their child, but for others in this community. Dr. Eid is a firm believer that every child deserves a happy and confident smile. In addition to the services he has instilled at Happy Kids, Dr. Eid and Hazar have been advocates and board members for Life Works and the Arc of Cowlitz County.
Rodeo our therapy dog could be seen wandering the halls comforting the kids and making their visit a lot more enjoyable.
From our general cleaning appointments to surgical needs, our staff provides special needs services every step. Our office is working with progress center to come up with a sensory room to make the visit even more comfortable for our special friends.