Checkups and Cleanings
Establishing a good relationship early is crucial to ensuring long-term oral health. The sooner children have this positive connection with their dentist, the more likely they are to continue visiting for routine appointments like checkups and cleanings. After all, there’s nothing like a professional cleaning and exam to confirm that their at-home care is working to protect their smile.
During the exam, we will gently but thoroughly examine your child’s teeth, gums and other oral structures. He’ll confirm if baby teeth are erupting as planned and make sure no decay or gum disease is present. By the time your child reaches the age of seven, he’ll alert you to any crooked teeth and provide recommendations for orthodontic intervention if necessary.
During their cleaning, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, making sure your child is comfortable throughout the entire process. Afterwards, you’ll get to ask the dentist any questions you have about their at-home care. During this discussion, he’ll cover the best practice for at-home habits, how their diet affects their oral health, and other relevant advice that keeps their teeth and gums healthy by the time they reach adulthood.
During your child’s visit, we may recommend dental sealants for additional protection against tooth decay. Brushing and flossing can be difficult for children at first, putting them at higher risk of dental disease. The risk for decay is particularly high in back teeth, which have deep pits and grooves for food, plaque and bacteria to get caught in. Dental sealants help prevent this buildup by using composite resin to shield the vulnerable areas of teeth.
Another recommended line of defense for children is fluoride treatments. This topical treatment utilizes fluoride, an essential mineral intended to strengthen enamel and create a shield for teeth. The best part is that it’s quick, painless and extremely effective at protecting developing smiles! We recommend treatments every three, six or 12 months, depending on your child’s risk for tooth decay.