Children's Dentistry Phinney Ridge

When it comes to choosing a dentist for your child, that dentist’s experience is essential.

Dr. Micah Bickel has extensive experience treating children of all ages. He was the lead pediatric dental surgeon for the Tulalip Tribes Dental Clinic from 2010 to 2015 and is a founding representative for the Baby Teeth Matter collaborative for research, development, and improvement of oral health for Washington Dental Services Foundation.

Dr. Bickel has a genuine love for children and for treating pediatric patients. Not every dentist likes or even wants to work with children, and this attitude can come across negatively and make treatment uncomfortable for the dentist, the pediatric patient, and the parents. Dr. Bickel has chosen to focus much of his practice on helping young children develop healthy and beautiful teeth. His focus on prevention will help keep your children's smiles in mint condition as your children continue to grow. 

What can I expect during my child's first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child has their first dental appointment by their first birthday. An early dental visit can create the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles and allow you to ask questions about your child’s development and address any concerning habits such as thumb sucking.

At your little one’s first visit, we will make the experience enjoyable! We will help familiarize them with the sights and sounds of the dental office as well as perform an exam. We will also spend time discussing home care and how you can best support your child’s oral health and wellness. You are your child’s number-one defense against poor oral hygiene.
Your child’s first dental appointment is intended to be short and painless. You and your child should not feel stressed during this appointment. The goal is to help slowly acclimate your child to visiting the dentist and to give them a chance to explore the dental chair and office area. Over time, we will work with your child to develop increased confidence and feeling of relaxation when they visit our Seattle, WA pediatric dental office.

Will my child require ongoing pediatric dentistry treatments?

As your child develops, Dr. Bickel will incorporate diagnostic x-rays and other preventive treatment routines such as fluoride treatments and sealants. More information about these treatments can be found below: 

Digital x-rays – Dental x-rays are still one of the best ways to detect decay in its early stages. By focusing on early diagnosis, we help your little one stay healthy. Your child will periodically have dental x-rays taken to assess the growth of any potential decay and to help us get a more in-depth understanding of the layout of your child’s mouth. Images such as panoramic x-rays are important tools for Dr. Bickel when deciding on a treatment plan for pediatric patients.

Fluoride treatments – Fluoride treatments are used as needed and can be beneficial for some patients, especially if those patient’s teeth are prone to decay. Recent studies have shown that fluoride treatments during regular dental visits decrease the likelihood of your child developing cavities by 70 percent.

Protective dental sealants – Dental sealants create a barrier between decay-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are made of BPA-free resin, and we apply them as needed in the deep grooves of the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth where decay is most likely to occur.

Dr. Bickel has a gift with kids. He speaks to them in a way that they understand and engages their sense of curiosity. By treating our youngest patients with compassion and respect, we find that in return, kids love coming to our office and are typically not afraid of dental treatment!

How does your office approach pediatric dental cleanings?

We customize our dental cleanings to meet each individual patient’s needs. We will clean and polish your child's teeth and provide education about good home care techniques. By making kids active participants in their oral health, we can engage and motivate your little one to play a role in taking care of their own smile.

Proper brushing, flossing, and dietary suggestions teach your little one about the importance of their teeth. We believe in teaching strong oral hygiene principles that are then reinforced in the home. Our Seattle pediatric dental cleanings are designed to complement the work you are already doing within your own home to help your children thrive. A child who is invested in their own smile will be more diligent when it comes to brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, eating a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly.

What types of preventive dental treatments does your office offer children?

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we offer a variety of preventative dental services to our pediatric patients. Taking care of your child’s smile and trying to prevent any problems from developing later in life is our top priority.

Some of our most popular preventative services include:

  • Fluoride treatments
  • Routine exams and cleanings
  • Creating custom mouthguards to protect teeth from impact sports or unintentional grinding
  • Dental sealants
  • Nutritional counseling regarding dietary adjustments 

Your child may be in need of some, all, or none of these services. Dr. Micah Bickel can help you create a customized treatment plan to help address concerns or conditions that may be unique to your child’s mouth. Call our Seattle dental office to learn more.

Do you believe in restorative denntistry for kids?

Protecting your child’s baby teeth is crucial in preparing their mouth to receive their permanent teeth later on. Most kids will need a filling at some point during their lives, likely while they still have some or all of their baby teeth. If your child has been experiencing new sensitivity or pain on or near a tooth, do not delay in making an appointment. Calling immediately when your child’s symptoms first begin gives us the best chance of preserving that tooth. 

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we work at your child’s pace and make their comfort a priority. Our team will use dental exams and periodic dental x-rays to check for possible decay or problem areas before they become severe. By delivering pain-free dental treatment, we can make each appointment a positive experience even when restorative treatment is necessary.

Are You Looking for a Pediatric Dentist in Seattle?

Contact Phinney Ridge Dental to schedule a dental appointment for the whole family. We always encourage entire families to visit whenever they can, as this helps young children learn to accept visiting the dentist as part of their regular routine. 

By welcoming patients of all ages, we make exceptional dental care convenient for the busy families of our community. Our dental office is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are also available for appointments on an as-needed basis on Fridays and Saturdays. We will work with your family’s busy schedule and work around your child’s school schedule to help make dental visits a priority in Seattle, WA. Call us today!