We recommend dental exams for kids twice a year, preferably during your child’s bi-annual teeth cleaning.
At Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry, we’re kid experts. Our pediatric dentists are trained to treat children’s developing teeth. We know the unique problems that children face and understand the complexities of how teeth grow and develop. We also have experience dealing with frightened children and can help your child feel at ease and comfortable at the dentist.
About Our Dental Exams for Kids
Education is a priority. We want to make sure your child learns the importance of practicing daily oral hygiene. Our trained staff will show your child how to brush and floss properly and discuss proper nutrition.
Our professional dental hygienists or assistants will perform your child’s cleanings. They use various instruments and devices to loosen and remove deposits such as stains, tartar and plaque from teeth. We also make regularly scheduled cleanings a time of discovery as our team demonstrates tell, show, and do with your child. We recommend special preventative treatments, such as fluoride and sealants that will benefit your child’s oral health.
During the exam, our pediatric dentist will check your child’s teeth, jaw and oral tissues. As well as look for any abnormalities that may generate problems as your child grows. That includes examining primary or baby teeth and any adult teeth that may be surfacing. Our pediatric dentists and trained staff will explain all of the findings and let you know if your child needs follow-up treatment.
We will take X-rays only when necessary to help locate cavities or other abnormalities. If your child has any decay, our pediatric dentists will recommend the appropriate treatment options.
At the end of the appointment, your child will be able to pick a prize to take home. Just a little way of letting he or she know how proud we are to have them as part of the family.
FAQs about children’s oral exams
Q: At what age should I bring my child in for his or her first oral exam?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling an initial exam after your baby’s first tooth erupts or no later than your infant’s first birthday
Q: How can I get my child ready for his or her dental visit?
A: Schedule the appointment at a time of day when he or she is well rested and most likely to cooperate. Let your child know the dentist will use special tools to keep his teeth healthy. Avoid sharing any negative words or experiences with your child.
Q: How often should I bring my child in for dental cleanings?
A: Routine dental cleanings are essential for preventive care. In general, we recommend cleanings twice a year for all pediatric patients in our care. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will let you know the best appointment schedule for your child.