Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Renton Family Dentistry

Catherine Im, D.D.S.

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry located in Renton, WA

Finding a dentist who puts your child at ease can be a challenge. But your little one should start getting familiar with the dentist as soon as that first tooth makes an appearance. When you bring your child to Renton Family Dentistry, they instantly feel comfortable with pediatric specialist Catherine Im, DDS. Her Renton, Washington office offers all types of pediatric dentistry services. Scheduling your child’s first appointment is as easy as calling the office, or using the practice’s convenient online booking feature.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What does a pediatric dentist do?

Taking your child to a dentist who has extra training in pediatric dentistry is similar to taking him or her to a pediatrician: They have expertise in children’s special needs. Dr. Im spent time in dental school focusing on pediatric dentistry so that she could care for all members of your family. She spends time clearly explaining — and showing — your child exactly what she’s doing and provides sedation dentistry in some cases.

Common pediatric dentistry services include:

  • Routine dental checkups and cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments and sealants
  • Fillings and crowns
  • Braces or Invisalign® retainers

Dr. Im also leaves time in her daily schedule to accept young patients who need emergency dental care. Even if it’s after hours, call the office and leave a message. A team member responds quickly.

When does my child need their first dentist appointment?

Plan on scheduling your child’s first dental exam as soon as their baby teeth start coming in. While your little one won’t likely have any oral concerns at that point, it allows Dr. Im to check and see that everything is growing in properly.

It’s also beneficial to start bringing your child to the dentist early so he or she can start forming a positive relationship with Dr. Im. If the first time your young one comes in for a visit is when they have a cavity in grade school, they probably won’t have a very positive outlook about their dentist. Dr. Im is happy to see your child just for a wellness oral health check very early in your child’s life.

How often should my child brush their teeth?

Just like you, your child should brush their teeth twice a day. Because getting them comfortable with oral care should start at an early age, start gently cleaning your baby’s mouth with a washcloth each day. Once his or her teeth start growing in, it’s time to introduce the toothbrush.

Dr. Im recommends using a child-friendly fluoride toothpaste for children between the ages of three and six. As soon as your young one has two teeth that are side-by-side, it’s time to start adding in a daily flossing routine.