Pediatric Dentistry Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

Your child’s first trip to the dentist is a big moment for the whole family, and it requires the right care and expertise to help them feel safe and comfortable. The experienced, compassionate team at Smile Now® Dental in Spanaway, Tacoma, and Arlington, Washington, can set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. From routine cleanings to orthodontic services, such as braces, they offer a comprehensive range of services. To learn more about the pediatric services available at Smile Now Dental, call or book an appointment online now.

Pediatric Dentistry Q & A

What is pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentists are committed to providing patients with high-quality dental care from infancy through their teen years. Not only do they have the experience necessary to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth, they are able to carry out these responsibilities with friendliness and compassion, ensuring your child feels comfortable and relaxed while visiting the dentist.

Which pediatric treatments and procedures are available?

Depending on the age of your child, there are a number of pediatric treatments, procedures, and preventive services provided by Smile Now Dental, including:

Infant oral health care

It’s important to schedule an appointment with the dentist once your child’s first tooth grows in. This visit will give you the information you need to learn about caring for your child’s baby teeth when they are too young to do it themselves. These tips may include how to brush your baby’s gums, a risk assessment test, and more.

Habit counseling

A Smile Now Dental professional helps determine the impact that thumb sucking and pacifier use can have on your child’s tooth development before it becomes a serious dental concern.

Preventive care

In addition to routine exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments, a pediatric dentist helps determine the right food and nutrition recommendations to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong early on.


As your child ages, their Smile Now Dental practitioner will keep track of their tooth placement, gums, and bite to figure out if or when they might need orthodontic treatments, such as braces or a retainer.

Tooth decay care

Regular trips to the dentist will help prevent tooth decay from destroying your child’s healthy teeth and gums.

Oral diagnoses

The Smile Now Dental team can detect the warning signs of oral health conditions associated with a congenital heart defect, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, asthma, diabetes, and more.

What makes dentists with pediatric training different?

Many children are terrified of going to the dentist, which is why it’s important to choose a practice that has plenty of experience caring for young patients. At Smile Now Dental, the entire team has made it a point to create a relaxing, comfortable environment for their vulnerable pediatric patients.

This helps your child develop a healthy relationship with their dentist early on, setting them up for a lifetime of optimal oral hygiene. To schedule an appointment for your child with the Smile Now Dental team, call or book an appointment online today.