A child's first visit to the dentist should be positive and fun. We make every effort that your child is comfortable and relaxed at our office. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend children should visit the dentist when their first tooth appears or at least by their first birthday and establish a "Dental Home". Our goal is to establish a long lasting relationship with you and your children. Parents are welcome to accompany their child in the treatment room. We make every effort to let parents become a part of their children's oral healthcare team. As a parent herself Dr. Timar Alem knows the importance of helping children establish good oral health habits and to teach them how to care for their teeth so they can keep them free of dental disease. Dr. Alem and her team sincerely care for children in a welcoming and family friendly environment. We have a separate children's waiting room area so siblings are welcome during appointments especially helpful when younger siblings come with their older ones for show and tell.
What to expect at the first dental vist
The first visit is an introductory visit if your child is less than 3 years old. We will listen to any concerns that you may have, review medical and dental history. We focus on getting to know your child and give you some basic information about dental care, nutrition and discuss any habits such as thumb-sucking, pacifier, teething and fluoride. The doctor will then check your child's teeth for pattern of teeth eruption, health, facial development and look for signs of any potential problems. If your child is ready for dental polishing we may do age appropriate gentle cleaning and apply fluoride varnish. If your child is over the age of 3 and cooperates for x-rays we may include digital x-rays during this visit to check for dental decay and other abnormality. We will also answer any questions you may have about how to care for your child's teeth as they develop. Our goal is to establish communication, alleviate fear/anxiety, build a trusting dentist/child relationship and promote the child’s positive attitude toward oral health. It is such a great honor to be part of your children's growing years; in our family dental practice we have children who first came to us in their infant car seat and now they are school age.
We look forward to nurturing and caring for your children's smile!
To request an appointment call 206-629-5461 Alem Family Dental serving Shoreline and Richmond Beach area families.
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We strongly feel that pediatric dental care is essential for giving children a strong foundation for healthy life from childhood through adolescence and beyond. Every stage of your child's dental health has unique needs and our office will provide comprehensive dental care to your child from their baby teeth, throughout their growing years.
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Yes dentistry has come a long way with patient focused and comfortable experience. Your childs comfort is important to us! We offer movie eye glasses, complimentary nitrous sedation most commonly known as lauging gas and age appropriate gentle dental care.
Sometimes your child may need more support than a gentle caring manner to feel comfortable and Dr. Alem can use Nitrous oxide sedation to calm a child's fear of the dental visit and enhance the experience.
Dentist Office Contacts:
747 N 185th St
Shoreline, WA 98133
Sat. By appointment