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We Provide Minimally Invasive Kids Dentistry
Services & Preventive Care
Dr. Posthuma relies heavily on non-invasive treatment options, especially when working with very young children who may be less able to easily tolerate treatments like dental fillings. She is always happy to discuss with you the non-surgical options which may be appropriate for your child.
Children should begin to receive dental care 6 months after the first tooth appears in the mouth (around age one). Most children are then seen twice each reach for routine care and tooth cleaning visits. Some children with certain healthcare needs will be recommended to be seen four times per year.
The crown jewel of The Tooth Ferry office is our sterilization area! Safety and cleanliness are of great importance to us and we want you to have ultimate peace of mind about our practices — for this reason, our sterilization area is not hidden away, but rather showcased behind a glass wall, so that your can see for yourself that we hold ourselves to the highest standard.
Prevention of cavities is one of the best reasons for keeping regularly scheduled dental visits. Preventative measures include: oral hygiene assessment and instruction, topical fluoride treatment, dietary counseling and sealants to give your child the best chance of remaining cavity-free.
If fillings are needed, our team is prepared to help guide your child through this experience in the most gentle way possible using age-appropriate language and behavior guidance. If you decide to talk to your child at home about what will happen at their appointment, please refrain from using words such as "drill", "shot", "pull", etc. As any parent of a young child knows, they have very active imaginations, and the phraseology used can make or break their perception of the experience they have at the dentist. You will receive a hand-out from the dentist with words that we prefer to use to help guide you in answering any questions your child may have.
Should your child experience a dental emergency, Dr. Posthuma is always on-call to answer your questions and provide emergency treatment, if necessary. She can be reached outside of the office during non-business hours by calling our office phone number: (206) 486-7260