Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of his or her entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting the dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that your child visit the dentist every six months to ensure his or her teeth stay healthy and smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing a dentist for kids for exams and cleanings, your child can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
- Have white teeth by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in the dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your child’s exam, one of our dentists will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other health problems. Dentists for kids know that an important part of exams for children is X-rays to assess growth and development. We may also want to take X-rays at your child's appointment to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. The images provided will help the dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye. They will also allow the dentist to see how the adult teeth are growing.
Our team of dental assistants and hygienists will carefully clean your child’s teeth with a variety of instruments to remove plaque and hardened build-up (tarter). They will floss your child’s teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if your child has any anxiety about the dental exam, be sure to let our team know.