Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Bill Gilbert, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Bill Gilbert, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Bellevue, WA

Tooth decay is not an adults-only problem, and about half of children under age 11 have decayed baby teeth. Bill Gilbert DDS offers comfort dentistry for all generations at his Bellevue, Washington, clinic. Parents can protect their children's teeth, both baby teeth and permanent ones, by calling the office or using the online tool to schedule appointments with Dr. Gilbert.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has specific experience and training working with children. Dr. Gilbert provides his dental services to people of all ages, including children and babies. As a family dentist, he can serve as a pediatric dentist for children while also providing dental care to parents, so the entire family receives care from the same location.

When should a child first see the dentist?

Parents should care for their children's teeth as soon as the first tooth breaks through your baby’s gums. Dr. Gilbert recommends you make the first dental visit before your baby's first birthday. After that, your children should visit the dentist every six months.

What can parents do to prevent tooth decay in their children?

Visiting the dentist is helpful in preventing tooth decay, but parents need to take steps at home as well. These include:

  • Flush your baby's mouth with water after feeding, especially at night
  • Weaning a baby around age 1 reduces the risk of decay and infection
  • Brush your baby's teeth as soon as they erupt through the gums
  • Monitor brushing even after your child can do it independently
  • Limit the amount of sugar your children eat and drink

Dr. Gilbert focuses on educating patients and teaches parents several steps they can take to protect their children's teeth.

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious form of decay that develops when your infant’s teeth are exposed to liquids that contain sugar for long periods of time, including formula, milk, and breast milk. It often occurs when babies go to bed with a bottle that contains something other than water. Proper oral hygiene, including wiping out your baby’s mouth with a washcloth or gauze pad, helps prevent this serious problem.

How can parents help children who fear the dentist?

Many children fear the dentist. The noise of the equipment and other unusual sounds, and even the lighting, can cause fear. Dr. Gilbert and his staff work to calm your child’s fear through a warm, inviting atmosphere in the office. Children can watch videos during their treatment or ask for a visit from the office's therapy dog to help put them more at ease.