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Children Welcome at Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:09 PM Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Dental Health and Nutrition Store

c/o Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.

Children Welcome

We welcome children of all ages to our practice at Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S. Dr. James G. Hood is the father of seventeen children, 5 biological and 12 adopted from the U.S. and Internationally.  We are also one of the few dental practices in the area that accept Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) medical coupons as full payment for services for children.  He also is a certified teacher and worked as a teacher for two years prior to attending dental school.  He is dedicated to helping children.

Your child should visit a pediatric or family dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age (first visit by first birthday sums it up).  This visit will establish a dental home for your child.  Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

Dr. James G. Hood generally recommends that an infant be seen by a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in.  Do not wait for the child to be in pain to bring him or her to the dentist.  Most procedures are pain free, and your child should know that a trip to the dentist can be a comfortable and fun experience.

Regular brushing should become a part of a child’s daily routine as soon as he or she can hold a brush.  Parents should also swab infant’s gums to prevent plaque buildup.  Children’s teeth should be brushed and flossed as soon as they appear.

Although the enamel of a child’s tooth is stronger than that of an adult, it is also thinner, so cavities develop more quickly.  Children’s primary teeth require as much care as their permanent teeth.  Untreated cavities in primary teeth can adversely affect the development of permanent teeth.  Such cavities result in a roughening of adult teeth, or may result in primary teeth that develop cavities.

Dental Care Basics for Children Birth to Six Years

A.        Dental Care for Babies

Teeth start to come in around the age of 6 months.  They help your baby chew food, speak clearly, and they help shape your baby’s face and guide adult teeth into place.


•           Offer a cold, firm, safe teething object like a teething ring or slightly frozen           washcloth.

•           Rub the gums gently with your clean finger.

Cleaning and Brushing

•           After teeth come in, gently clean teeth and gums with a small soft toothbrush or    clean damp cloth and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

To Keep Teeth Healthy

•           If you give your baby a bottle at bedtime or naps, give only water.  Other liquids   can cause decay if left in your baby’s mouth while sleeping.

•           Ask your dentist or doctor about fluoride drops when your child is 6 months old   and make sure that your baby’s mouth is checked by age one.  Take your baby in       sooner if you notice a problem.

B.        Dental Care for Young Children


•           Brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day.  Always brush at bedtime.

•           Use a small, soft toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride.

•           Brush for at least 2 minutes, brushing every surface of every tooth and the tongue.

•           Replace the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

To Keep Teeth Healthy

•           Lift your child’s lip to get a good look at all of the teeth.  If you see white or brown spots on your child’s teeth, contact your dentist or doctor.

•           When you think your child is ready, let her/him practice brushing her/his own teeth – around age 4 or 5.  Still brush your child’s teeth once daily until she/he is about 6 to 8 years old.

•           Take your child for a dental check-up at least once a year.

C.        Tips for a Healthy Smile

What causes tooth decay?

•           Germs cause cavities.

•           Germs can be spread from parent to child.

•           Foods and drinks feed these germs.

•           The germs make acids and cause cavities

•           Tooth decay can be stopped if it is caught early.

How do you prevent tooth decay?

•           You are a role model for your child.  Brush, floss, and have regular check-ups.

•           Fluoride can help prevent and heal early tooth decay.

•           Your dentist or doctor may suggest these treatments for your child:

•           Fluoride drops or tablets – if your water does not contain fluoride

•           Fluoride varnish – painted on the smooth surfaces of teeth

•           Sealants – liquid plastic painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth

•           Choose tooth-healthy snacks such as cheese, fruits, and vegetables.  Avoid             “grazing” – snacking or sipping on sweet liquids throughout the day.

•           Drink lots of water after meals and snacks to help clean teeth.

Our Dental Health and Nutrition Store provides at home nutritional, dental health and wellness products for children.  Dr. James G. Hood welcomes children to his practice.  Call (509) 928-9100 to schedule a complete examination for your child.  We want them to have a pleasant first experience so they will be comfortable for their return visits.


Dental Health and Nutrition Store

c/o Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.

507 N. Sullivan Road Suite A-1

Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576 USA

Dental Health and Nutrition Store Phone: (509) 928-4200 / Fax: (509) 928-0414

Dental Office Phone: (509) 928-9100 / Fax: (509) 928-0414




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