Preventing Problems Before They Start

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you 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
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

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 their teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Professional Cleanings

Your dentist will begin your child's cleaning by exploring the surface of their teeth to determine if they have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dentist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your child's gums adhere tightly to their teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.

Next, your dental hygienist or registered dental assistant will carefully clean your child's teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then they will floss their teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if your child has any anxiety about their dental exam, be sure to let us know. We may offer several sedation options to ensure their comfort. If your dentist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits with your child. 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 with your child as usual.

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