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Children have different oral challenges and patterns of development than adults, which requires a specific type of skill. our dentist is an experienced pediatric dentist in Spokane who can monitor your child’s oral development and care for their new teeth from the earliest age. Call Downriver Smiles when you need children’s dentistry in Spokane, WA.

You would not take your motorcycle to a boat dealer for repairs, and you should not take your child to an adult dentist for care. Children’s dentistry deals with the specific concerns of new teeth development, building good oral habits from the start and monitoring your child’s dental development through the teen years. our dentists and the team at Downriver Smiles welcome families with small children, even newborns, to our dental family in Spokane.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that your child have their first dental visit at about six months of age, or when the first new tooth breaks through. Dr. Gaunt can show you how to care for newborn teeth and monitor your child’s overall oral development. Regular dental exams from six months onward allow us to catch oral issues early and take preventive measures that can save money and time later.

Child-Friendly Dental Care

We love your kids at Downriver Smiles! Our comforting office environment and soothing amenities are also designed with our littlest patients in mind. They will enjoy the children’s area, calm atmosphere and friendly team. We know how to put small patients (and their parents) at ease when visiting the dentist. We feel it is vital to establish a friendly, trusting and safe relationship with children from the earliest possible time. This helps your kids maintain good oral care habits at home while teaching them to not dread visits to the dentist.

Children need regular dental care to prevent caries, plaque and tartar buildup and other issues that can be caused by irregular or inadequate home oral care. We can teach them how to brush and floss properly and make it fun! Plus, we offer dental sealants, fluoride and other treatments to help them keep their smiles healthy.

When you need children’s dentistry in Spokane, choose Downriver Smiles. Ask about dental insurance plans we accept when you contact our dentist office for an appointment.


Downriver Smiles
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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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