Dr. Hakeem received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She then pursued her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Afterwards, she continued to advance her education by completing a General Practice Residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, she gained invaluable experience treating the dental needs for patients with complex medical histories and cognitive impairments. In addition, she gained advanced training with endodontics and dental extractions. After getting married, she relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she now proudly serves as a general dentist at Rainier Dental-Tacoma. Dr. Hakeem enjoys the versatility of general dentistry and is an active participant in multiple continuing education classes throughout the year. She is passionate about providing personalized, high quality dental work in a gentle environment; and strives to eliminate the fearful stigma associated with dentistry.
Dr. Hakeem is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and the Seattle King County Dental Society. She is also Invisalign Certified.
According to the 2015-2016 Washington State Dept of Health Smile Survey, researchers found that of the 13,000 kindergarten, second and third grade participants, nearly 53% of third graders have had a cavity and 40% of kindergarteners have already experienced tooth decay. While both of these figures are improvements compared to the 2010 Smile Survey, we as parents and dental professionals still have a long way to go.
Here are five simple tips to help your child have a healthier mouth:
1. Reduce the amount of sugary sweets and drinks your child consumes. Replace sports drinks and soda with water or milk.
2. Brush for 2 minutes 2 times per day with a fluoride toothpaste to help rebuild enamel on teeth. Children under age 3 only need a grain of rice sized amount of toothpaste on the brush, while children 3-6 years only need a pea sized amount.
3. Encourage flossing once per day (parents~ this goes for you, too). By not flossing, you and your children are missing 30-35% of the surface area of the tooth leaving it defenseless against those sugar bugs! Remember, Floss like a Boss because Plaque is Whack!
4. Check with your local water authority to learn if they are meeting federal Department of Health guidelines for fluoride in the water supply per new 2016 standards. If they are not, speak with your dentist about fluoride supplementation products. https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/DrinkingWater/FluorideinDrinkingWater
5. Regular check-ups with your dental hygienist and dentist. Allowing dental sealants to be placed to help seal out decay and for professional topical fluoride application.
Rainier Dental believes in taking great care of mouths of all ages. It is so very important to bring your children into the dentist regularly beginning from their first tooth. We can't wait to see you in our office!
Abbigail R. Armendarez, RDH, BS
I was born in Seattle but raised in the city of Puyallup. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health with an emphasis in Dental Hygiene. So yes, I am a registered dental hygienist. I love interacting and getting to know people. I am a new addition to Rainier Dental and truly look forward to meeting patients.
When I can, I try to steal away on hiking trips with my best human being from Canada. I enjoy travelling and reading. I’m quite the paradox for when I am not travelling, I am a true homebody who enjoys the company of my mom and my feathered friend whose name is Silly.