Dr. Pawlecki has extensive experience with kids and dentistry. Not only does he have an elementary aged child and a toddler at home, but he also worked in a non-profit clinic that primarily treated children for over 5 years. During that time, he served as faculty for the University of Washington School of Pediatric Dentistry and mentored many dental students and residents. Dr. Pawlecki also regularly goes on medical missions trips, where he has the pleasure of working on and helping the underserved children in the Dominican Republic.
We are excited to meet you and your children! We are an adult and kid friendly family dental office. There is no need to be worried or embarrassed if your child is nervous or scared of coming to the dentist. We understand that shy behavior or crying can be a part of a child’s coping mechanism. We are willing and able to help them work through those fears and anxieties so that they love coming to the dentist. Our office is modern and up to date with the latest technology to make you and your child comfortable. They can even watch the Disney channel while we take care of them!
View our Pediatric Dentistry FAQs below, and as always please don’t hesitate to pick up the telephone and call, we are here to help. Dr. Pawlecki would love to answer any and all questions you may have!
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First and foremost remain calm. Assess if the whole tooth came out or if it broke. If the entire tooth came out, hold it by the crown as opposed to the root and gently reinsert it. If that’s not possible put the tooth in milk. Call us immediately so we can evaluate and stabilize the tooth as needed. Whether the entire tooth comes out or it breaks call us immediately. We are here to help!
Healthy primary or “baby” teeth are important to keep your child eating well, pain free and maintain proper space for adult teeth coming in behind them. In addition, you’ve probably heard good oral health is strongly linked to overall health.
The sooner the better. You can clean your child’s teeth with an infant brush or a cloth and water. Use a tiny smear across the bristles. Once they are age 4 and up they can use a pea sized amount of paste. They should spit it out when done. Always encourage your children to brush their own teeth but tell them you need to ‘check’ their work by going back over everything.
In many cases, yes! A special and safe laser procedure can be used without anesthetic to remove decay and prepare the tooth for filling. Depending on size and location of the cavity, Dr. Pawlecki may use topical anesthetic and a little anesthetic to numb the area. In most cases, kids never even notice the injection.
Thumb and pacifier habits only become a problem when they go on for a very long time. Most children quit by age three. A mouth appliance may be recommended if the habit continues as long term harm can be done if not corrected. Dr. Pawlecki is happy to give you suggestions and tips to help quit the habit and assess if an appliance is needed
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. We also use digital x-rays in our office which are only 10 percent of a traditional x-ray exposure. Proper precautions are taken and x-rays are only recommended when needed.
In many cases, waiting until all the permanent teeth come in is appropriate. However, in some cases, early treatment can prevent the need for extractions and give a better final result.