Dental Cleanings and Exams

The importance of pediatric dental cleanings and examinations can be seen in the beautiful, straight, cavity-free mouths of your children as they grow into adulthood. Pediatric dental visits, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, should be scheduled twice a year, beginning at age one. The earlier your child starts to see a dentist, the higher the chances are to detect and avoid any tooth decay.

During a pediatric examination, the dentist will check to make sure there are enough spaces between your child’s primary teeth to evenly accept the secondary, permanent set of teeth. During an oral exam, the dentist is able to detect any emerging tooth or gum issues and to fix or avoid them in the early stages. Periodic dental x-rays will help the dentist find decay in-between your child’s teeth. They also help alert the dentist to any future potential problems with your child’s teeth alignment, bone structure formation, or jaw development. X-rays are also an excellent avenue to identify future overbite situations. Emerging problems give you and the dentist time to discuss and select necessary corrective actions. Sometimes corrective actions may require using the skills of another type of dental specialist.

Pediatric cleanings generally are completed in 30 minutes or less. Today’s dental technology is highly toned, effective and nearly 100 percent pain free. During a cleaning, your child will receive a fluoride treatment to help strengthen tooth enamel. With your help, when your child practices a daily dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, both of you are helping the dentist achieve strong, healthy and beautifully white teeth for your child, both now and into the future.

Regular dental examinations give the dentist an opportunity to maintain a record of how your child’s permanent teeth are forming. The dentist will monitor and watch for any signs of biting, chewing or speech impediments. Early detection of any dental problem allows both you and the dentist to consider all available corrective treatment options.

A pediatric dentist helps to educate your child in establishing a lifetime of positive dental routines to achieve and sustain healthy, decay free, strong, well-aligned white teeth and pink gums. When your child is comfortable with the dentist, he or she will not delay seeking the dentist’s help if a problem develops between regular visits. A pediatric dentist knows he or she has done a good job when your child looks forward to the next dental examination.

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