What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is often an intervention parents think of as their child becomes a “tween” or teenager. But did you know there are many benefits of early orthodontic treatment? Dr. Tokiko Poppe is a dentist at Cosmos Dentistry who encourages parents to be proactive about their child’s oral health and wellness and have their evaluation to determine if they are a good fit for early-age orthodontic treatment. This ensures the child’s smile progresses as it should to come in straight and beautiful! Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of treatment in the earliest stages of smile growth and development.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?

There are several advantages to early orthodontic treatment. One of the most important is that it can help your child’s teeth come in straighter, reducing the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Early treatment can also help your child avoid the need for more serious and expensive dental work later on in life. Additionally, early-age orthodontic treatment with the team at Cosmos Dentistry can help your child feel better about their smile and boost their self-confidence.

What is involved in early age orthodontic treatment for children?

Early age orthodontic treatment is typically less invasive than traditional braces and involves using special appliances that are custom fit to your child’s mouth. These appliances gently guide your child’s teeth into alignment over time.

Request an appointment at Cosmos Dentistry today!

If you think your child may be a candidate for early-age orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tokiko Poppe. She will carefully examine your child’s mouth and teeth and develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for them. Early age orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s oral health and wellness. We would be happy to discuss all the options available for your child and talk to you about the benefits of early orthodontic treatment. Our facility is at 1515 116th Ave NE, Suite #301, and is open to new patients and families. Call (425) 448-4770 to get started!

Pediatric Dentistry at Cosmos Dentistry - Dr. Tokiko Poppe

Pediatric Dentistry at Cosmos Dentistry - Dr. Tokiko Poppe
When should you take your kid to the dentist for the first time? Pediatric dentistry will help your kid to maintain good oral health and avoid cavities. Watch the video to learn more, as Dr. Tokiko Poppe explains.

At which age should a child have their first visit to a dentist?

Hi, my name is Dr. Tokiko Poppe from Cosmos Dentistry in Bellevue, WA. Today I want to talk about pediatric dentistry.

Why should you visit a dentist as early as zero? We can talk a lot of things about growth, how the child will grow, and how we can prevent so many diseases like cavities or periodontal disease.

Also, we can possibly predict how the child’s face and teeth will grow. We can prevent them from having more complicated issues in the future by addressing their habits, such as how they drink, swallow, take care of the mouth, and nutrition.

What is unique about pediatric dentistry?

In pediatric patients, their needs for each age are completely different. Every visit is going to be different.

For example, somebody who could not sit down on a chair before kindergarten will be able to stand on their own once they start kindergarten.

So we really have to be mindful of their growth and how they feel on that day and cater to their needs.

The biggest focus is to prevent many things from happening to them and avoid any complicated procedures in the future.

Make an appointment with us today for all your pediatric dental needs.

Dr. Poppe Sitting

Dr. Tokiko Poppe

Dr. Tokiko Poppe graduated from the University of the Pacific's Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She has received extensive training in all aspects of dentistry and was involved in craniofacial research and studies on cleft lip and palate in school.

Dr. Poppe also completed a General Practice Residency in California, where she cared for medically-compromised adults at Veterans Hospital and children under general anesthesia at the University Medical Center. She is a member of the ADA, AAGO, AAPMD, WSDA, SKCD, AGD, American Laser Study, TBI Ambassadors, and AMR advanced program. She has completed Spear Education which dentists pursue to learn complex restorative dentistry. Dr. Poppe is also an osteopathic-trained dentist, having learned the whole-body approach from osteopathic physicians. She follows continuing education to stay abreast of the latest dental trends and enjoys sharing her knowledge with her community.

She also holds a Japanese dental license and speaks Japanese and English.