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 at least 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 brighter 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
A professional cleaning at the dentist is a fun experience for your child! Our awesome dental assistants will start by asking them what flavor of "toothpaste" (professional cleaning paste) they want, and then demonstrate how our "magic toothbrush" and "magic straw" work. After their teeth are cleaned, we will floss them to make sure they are really clean. If indicated, a professional fluoride varnish will be applied (The best part about the varnish? It stays right on the teeth so it's not ingested, and your child can eat and drink right away!).
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 in between and beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. We only use digital X-rays and do everything we can to make sure the images provided will help the dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye in the safest manner possible. Once the dentist completes their exam, they will provide recommendations on any treatment that is indicated, areas that need improvement with brushing or flossing, or hopefully just what to keep doing well!