There are a few types of appointments you may bring your child to the dentist for. Below, we highlight what a child can expect from each different type of common dental appointment.
The procedure of a professional dental cleaning is the same whether your child has primary or adult teeth. The hygienist will begin with a thorough cleaning on and between the child's teeth.
The cleaning will include scaling to remove any tartar build-up, professional flossing, and polishing.
The dentist will also examine your child’s teeth, gums, the interior of the mouth, and the jaw for any problems, such as gingivitis, tooth decay, oral abnormalities, and misalignments of the teeth or jaw.
To help find problems that aren't visible to the naked eye, the dentist or hygienist will occasionally perform an X-ray of your child's oral cavity.
X-rays will only be recommended when deemed necessary. Their frequency depends on a variety of factors, such as your child’s general oral health, the risk for dental disease, and the stage of their oral development.
Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. Fluoride is important for oral health and development because it strengthens tooth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay. It can even reverse decay which has already begun to develop in some cases.
It is important for everyone to receive enough fluoride to strengthen their teeth, but especially children, as their teeth are still developing. Your dentist will likely take the appointment as an opportunity to go over your child's fluoride needs.
This may include in-office fluoride treatments or fluoride products like specific toothpaste or mouthwash.
Tips & Techniques
The end of the appointment will include the dentist or hygienist going over best at-home practices to continue good oral health.
This will include tips and advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques, oral health-friendly dietary information, and much more.
Our team is also happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your child’s oral health.
Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments
If your child's dentist notices anything concerning (cavities, misaligned bite etc.), our administration team will book a follow-up appointment to monitor or treat the issue. You can book this appointment at our office, or call us any time.