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Dental Exams and Cleanings

The Importance of Regular Check-ups

Your child’s oral health plays a pivotal role in overall well-being. While daily brushing and flossing are vital, biannual dentist visits are crucial for maintaining a radiant smile. Following the American Dental Association’s recommendation, ensure your child sees the dentist every six months.

Consistent dental check-ups can:

  • Ward off tooth decay, gum issues, and bad breath.
  • Minimize potential dental complications.
  • Maintain teeth’s natural whiteness by reducing stains.
  • Reduce time at the dentist’s office.
  • Ensure a lifelong, beautiful smile.

The Examination

During the visit, the dentist will meticulously check your child’s teeth and gums for potential problems. Occasionally, X-rays may be taken to get a comprehensive view of the teeth and gums, helping identify issues that might be hidden from the naked eye.

Professional Cleaning

The dental hygienist will:

  • Inspect: Examine the teeth’s surface for cavities and assess the integrity of any fillings.
  • Gum Check: Conduct a periodontal examination to ensure healthy gums without signs of disease or bone loss.
  • Clean: Utilize specialized tools to eliminate tartar. Followed by flossing, polishing, and applying fluoride.

Cleanings are generally comfortable. If your child feels anxious, inform the hygienist, who can discuss possible sedation methods. If issues like tooth decay or gum disease are detected, you’ll receive guidance on enhancing your child’s oral care routine. If everything looks good, continue with your current oral care practices.