Preventative Dentistryfor Kids in Shoreline


Building Healthy Smiles for Life

Dental care is essential for children as it sets the foundation for lifelong oral health. While many may think taking your child to the dentist only matters when they have a toothache or breathing troubles, preventive dentistry is the key to ensuring their teeth remain strong and problem-free.

At Floss & Gloss Kids Dentistry in Shoreline, WA, we believe that children’s dental care goes beyond aesthetics—it’s about safeguarding their well-being. Dental issues can start early, and addressing them promptly is where we shine. Whether its preventing tooth decay, preserving tooth enamel, or averting gum disease, we have the tools and expertise to provide proper care.

Fighting Gum Disease

Plaque buildup is a major contributor to dental problems, including gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and recession of the gums. A dentist cleans below the gumline to reduce the risk.

Improved Breath

By removing plaque, bacteria, and food particles, the mouth becomes a cleaner and healthier environment, resulting in better breath. Having a fresh breath can not only boost their self-esteem but also give them an overall clean mouth feeling.

How to Practice Preventive Dental Care at Home

Brushing Daily

Brushing Daily

Encourage your child to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each morning and night.

Floss Regularly

Teach your child how to floss their teeth daily to remove food particles and plaque from between teeth.

Floss Regularly

Healthy Snacking

Healthy Snacking

Choose tooth-friendly snacks like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, and limit sugary treats.

Drink Enough Water

Water is the best beverage for oral health. Encourage your child to drink water after meals and throughout the day.

Drink Enough Water

Supervising Younger Children

Supervising Younger Children

Help younger children brush and floss until they can do it on their own effectively.

Limit Sugary Foods

Reduce sugary snacks and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay.

Limit Sugary Foods

Regular Dental Checkups

Regular Dental Checkups

Schedule regular dental visits for professional cleanings and early issue detection.

Our Preventive Dental Services for Kids

While it’s beneficial to practice preventive habits at home, your child’s oral health still depends on professional procedures. At Floss & Gloss, we perform kids preventative dentistry Shoreline WA care in the following forms:


Dental sealants are a thin, translucent resin material that dentists apply to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. They fill in deep grooves and crevices where bacteria typically accumulate. Sealants create a protective barrier, preventing food particles from sticking to and damaging the enamel, reducing the risk of cavities in your child’s teeth.

  • Preparation

    Before applying sealant, the dentist cleans and dries the tooth, then adds an etching solution to improve sealant adhesion.
  • Sealant Application

    The dentist paints the sealant material onto the grooves and fissures of the tooth. It quickly bonds to the tooth’s surface. A special curing light may be used to harden the sealant.
  • Final Check

    After the sealant hardens, the dentist checks the seal to ensure it covers all grooves and fissures effectively.


Routine professional teeth cleanings are essential for your child’s dental health. During these visits, dental professionals use specialized techniques and tools to achieve the cleanest teeth possible. Cleanings not only remove plaque and tartar but also provide an opportunity for early detection of dental issues, reducing the likelihood of more significant problems in the future.

  • Plaque and Tartar Removal

    Our dentist uses specialized instruments to carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of each tooth to ensure a clean slate for your child’s smile.
  • Flossing and Polishing

    Floss is used to clean between the teeth, and a high-powered toothbrush is employed to polish and buff the tooth surfaces, leaving them smooth and shiny.
  • Fluoride Application

    In some cases, a fluoride treatment is applied after the cleaning. Your child will be advised not to eat or drink for about 30 minutes to maximize the fluoride’s benefits


Fluoride is a mineral known for its ability to strengthen and protect tooth enamel. Fluoride treatment is effective for both baby and adult teeth. These treatments help ensure that your child’s enamel remains strong, reducing the risk of cavities as they grow older.

  • Preparation

    Our pediatric dentist will select the appropriate fluoride product, whether it’s a gel, foam, or varnish. They will then apply it to a tray or brush.
  • Application

    The dentist applies the fluoride to the teeth using a tray, brush, or cotton swab. It’s carefully spread across all tooth surfaces, ensuring even coverage.
  • Waiting Period

    Your child will be instructed to avoid eating or drinking for about 30 minutes to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment in strengthening the teeth.

Consult Us—We’ll Take Good Care of Your Child’s Smile

At Floss & Gloss Kids Dentistry, we take pride in offering the highest quality preventive care in a warm and child-friendly environment in Shoreline, WA. As an exclusively pediatric practice, we understand the unique needs and concerns of children when it comes to dental care.

Your child’s smile is important to us, and we are dedicated to providing them with the best possible start on their oral health journey. Schedule an appointment with us today, and let us help your child maintain a healthy, happy smile for a lifetime. Choose Floss & Gloss Kids Dentistry for exceptional pediatric preventive care.

Floss & Gloss Kid’s Dentistry

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