Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your child's teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of their entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that your child visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Instill a positive dental attitude in your child
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your child's teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in the dentist's office
During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your child's teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Your dentist may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. These images provided will help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Your child's teeth will be cleaned with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar). Then we will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. If your dentist finds tooth decay, they will talk to you about changing your brushing, flossing, and dietary habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your child's teeth and gums appear to be healthy, your dentist will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.