Routine brushing and flossing is important to keeping the gums and teeth healthy, but scheduling regular dental exams and dental cleanings is just as essential. Along with the American Dental Association, Smiles 4 Life recommends that children visit the dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning every six months. Regular visits ensure that our dental team is able to identify and treat tooth decay and gum disease before they have a chance to seriously affect your child’s smile.
Comprehensive Dental Exam
A visual check of the teeth and gums is the first step in a comprehensive dental exam, as this can help our dentist determine if cavities are present. Digital x-rays will also be taken of your child’s teeth in order to detect hidden areas of decay or other dental problems, such as bone loss, impacted teeth, or abscesses in the mouth. If the dental exam reveals a treatable condition, whether it be a cavity, a problem with your child’s bite, or misaligned teeth, we will discuss your child’s dental procedure options. A comprehensive dental exam includes education for the parents and the child on good oral care strategies.
Our dental hygienist will begin your child’s dental cleaning by examining the health of the gums and surface of the teeth. Next, tartar buildup will removed by using dental tools to scrape the teeth. The hygienist will then floss the teeth and apply a polishing compound that cleans and brightens the teeth. Preventive dental services, such as fluoride treatments or sealants may be recommended for some children. For most children, cleanings aren’t painful, but children with tooth decay or gum disease may experience discomfort during a dental cleaning. If your child is anxious about the procedure or finds it to be painful, we can discuss dental sedation options that can help your child comfortably undergo treatment.
Scheduling Regular Dental Check-Ups
Your child deserves a healthy smile, and Smiles 4 Life would love to help make that happen through regular dental exams and dental cleanings. By scheduling dental care on a routine basis, you set the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Your child will develop a positive attitude about oral health care, as our regular dental care services can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and, therefore, help children avoid extensive dental procedures.
Smiles 4 Life can help give your child a healthy and happy smile – contact us today to schedule your child’s comprehensive dental exam and dental cleaning.