Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of his or her entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting the dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that your child visit the dentist every six months to ensure his or her teeth stay healthy and smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing the dentist for exams and cleanings, your child can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
- Have clean, healthy teeth by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in the dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your child’s exam, the dentist will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. The dentist may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. These images will help the dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
The dental assistant will polish and floss your child’s teeth. Next, the hygienist or dentist will carefully clean your child’s teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (calculus) from the teeth. The dentist will by examine the surface of the teeth to determine if there are any cavities or other tooth, periodontal, soft tissue or bite concerns. Then we will apply fluoride varnish. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if your child has any anxiety about the dental exam, be sure to let the assistant know. If the dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your child’s brushing, flossing, or dietary habits.