Dental cleanings and check-ups
Routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings are just as important for a child as they are for the parent, if not more so. As pediatric dentists, our priority is preventive care to avoid the need for your child to have extensive dental treatments. We strongly believe that the foundation of good oral health begins during childhood.
Even when your child has just a few teeth, dental exams can be beneficial. We recommend that our patients first visit our office before they turn a year old. Not only will this provide an early opportunity to begin establishing a relationship with the dentist, it will also allow the dentist to examine your child thoroughly to determine if there are any symptoms of concern.
After that initial appointment, your child should return to the office every six months or so for follow-up visits and additional cleanings. When our dentists are able to examine the child regularly, it’s easier for them to spot signs of trouble that indicate that some sort of treatment may be needed.
Most routine visits will involve at least a cleaning and exam. Here’s what you and your child can expect from each of those activities.
Cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, are completed by skilled hygienists who are experienced and knowledgeable in working with children. Our hygienists use a light touch to remove any plaque or tartar that has accumulated along the teeth or the gumline to reduce the presence of cavity-causing oral bacteria. If your child has some anxiety about this process, you may opt for sedation to put your child at ease.
In the dental exam, one of our dentist’s will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums, looking for any signs of tooth decay or other issues. If the dentist identifies any problematic symptoms, certain interventions may be recommended. Your child’s dentist can also review home oral hygiene routines with you as part of the dental exam.
Because we specialize in treating children, our dentists and dental hygienists use age-appropriate techniques and terminology when providing this care to our patients. We also take care to minimize any discomfort and to avoid provoking anxiety in our patients.
When your child comes into our office for regular dental check-ups and cleanings, it helps let him or her know that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary thing. It also helps your child get into a lifelong pattern of semiannual dental visits. If you are behind on these appointments, call our office today to schedule an exam and cleaning and get back on track.