As a parent, you know that kids are constantly developing. Just when one phase ends, a new one is beginning. Here at Stellar Kids Dentistry, our pediatric dentists have the extra training to understand these changes.
Our staff are dedicated to working with every child in a different way, recognizing and respecting that all children are different and that each childhood development stage requires a different approach.
Infants and Toddlers
- Are curious and perceptive.
- Are rapidly developing their communication skills.
- Are starting to develop a sense of independence.
- Are still attached to their parents, so parents are encouraged to remain with their child during appointments.
- Should be helped by their dentist and parents to make brushing teeth a part of the daily routine, helping cavity prevention.
- Are very likely to hurt their mouth and teeth when exploring the environment around them as their balance and coordination is just starting to develop.
Preschoolers (ages 3-6)
- Go through enormous growth.
- Have short attention span, are easily distracted, and move between fantasy and reality.
- Are increasingly engaging in social interaction with other children, teachers, neighbors, etc.
- Are looking for fun and reassurance every time they visit the dentist.
- Is the age group when pacifier and thumb habits often begin to fade.
- Is the stage when the first adult molar may appear and some baby teeth are starting to fall.
- Experience growing self-control and independence.
- Understand better what’s important and don’t always expect praise for doing something right.
- Engage more responsibly in activities such as household chores, team sports, and close friendships.
- Start taking control of their personal and oral hygiene and don’t require as much supervision from parents to brush their teeth.
- Is the stage when most primary teeth are lost and replaced with permanent teeth.
- Is the age group that might present signs of future orthodontic needs. You should see your pediatric dentist if you have any concerns about this.
- Go through a lot of confusion at this age, both physical and emotional, and need as much support as they can get.
- Have an intense and complicated sense of self-identity that can reflect in a deep self-consciousness.
- Build long-lasting and strong relationships, and peer relationships are central.
- Display increasing independence which Stellar Kids Dentistry staff have learned to recognize and respect.
Stellar Kids Dentistry pediatric dentists are experienced at building rapport which allows them to continue to emphasize the importance of daily dental care to a teenager’s health and self-esteem.
Mouth guards may be necessary for athletic kids and when the final orthodontic treatment is completed.
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Everett, WA 98208
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