1205 SE Professional Mall Blvd., Suite #202
Pullman, WA 99163
Phone: 509-332-8084          Fax: 509-332-6380


This young patient is enjoying her first-ever visit to the dentist. She chose "chocolate cake" flavor for the polishing paste and has been watching with the aid of her mirror. After her appointment she said "I love the dentist so much, I want to go every day!"   

We love children and treat patients 2 years old and older. We adapt our care for the specific needs of each individual child. For very young children, the child is initially accompanied by a parent and sits on the parent’s lap. During these "happy visits" we will discuss with the parent the child's home care and diet habits as well as fluoride history. We will also discuss any specific concerns the parent may have and offer advice when needed. Usually these discussions are lighthearted and humorous, and meanwhile the child is allowed time to become familiar with our office and with us. When working with our young patients we always:

-Allow the child time to assess us before we begin assessing the child.
-We never lie to or deceive a child, never try to hide anything from them, never talk down to them.
-We never promise anything we might not be able to deliver, such as "You won't feel a thing". On the other hand, we make sure that our strategies for managing patient comfort are effective.
-We choose words carefully: funny words are great, sugarcoated words are bad.
-We answer all their questions honestly and thoroughly.
-We avoid needlessly scary words.
-We make sure our young patients get praise and prizes and leave feeling good about their visit.
-Children can sense if we are competent and trustworthy, so we make certain that we are.

All young patients will receive a caries (cavities) risk assessment at their first visit. This is a very simple procedure. A cotton swab sample of the patient's plague is analyzed scientifically to determine the presence and numbers of certain decay-causing bacteria, and the results are available within minutes. Depending on the results of this test, the assessment of other risk factors, and the patient's overall acceptance of the procedures, we may or may not recommend proceeding with teeth cleaning, x-rays, and fluoride at the first visit. Our recommendations often vary with younger patients (ages 2-4), but usually for patients 4 years old and older, we can complete all of their preventive and diagnostic care at the initial visit (with the exception of any necessary sealants, which are usually placed at a subsequent visit). For the young patients ages 2-4 that need to be rescheduled, we usually try to reschedule them within a few weeks of their initial visit, while they can still remember how fun it was.