Maintaining the health of your child’s teeth and mouth is crucial for their overall well-being, and while regular brushing and flossing at home is important, it is essential to visit the dentist for comprehensive exams and cleanings. The American Dental Association advises that children should see the dentist every six months to ensure their teeth remain healthy and their smiles stay beautiful.
By regularly visiting the dentist for exams and cleanings, your child can:
During your child’s dental exam, the dentist will thoroughly examine their teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. X-rays may be taken to reveal any underlying dental problems that are not visible to the naked eye. Whether using traditional or digital X-rays, these images provide valuable information to the dentist.
Professional cleanings will be performed by the dental hygienist. They will assess the condition of your child’s teeth, check for cavities, and evaluate the quality of existing fillings. A periodontal exam will also be conducted to ensure that your child’s gums are firmly attached to the teeth and that there is no evidence of periodontal disease or bone loss.
The hygienist will then use various tools to carefully remove hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your child’s teeth. They will also floss their teeth, apply a polishing compound, and administer fluoride. Cleanings are typically not painful, but if your child experiences dental anxiety, it is important to inform the hygienist, as they may offer sedation options to ensure their comfort.
If tooth decay or gum disease is detected, the dentist or hygienist will discuss necessary changes to your child’s brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your child’s teeth and gums are found to be healthy, the dentist will likely advise them to continue their regular brushing and flossing routine.