Pediatric Oral Health Exams

Oral health exams are great for keeping up with the state of your child’s oral hygiene and working together on preventing cavities, tooth decay, and other dental diseases. Our exams act as an opportunity to educate our patients on the importance of prevention and optimal oral hygiene practices. At Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend oral health exams twice a year, typically during your child’s bi-annual cleaning appointment. Our team is highly trained in working with children to build a great dental hygiene regimen and creating happy smiles that last a lifetime.

Why Do We Perform Dental Health Exams?

Oral health exams allow our dentists to check-in with your child’s dental health and educate them on the benefits of focusing on prevention when it comes to their smile. Coupling oral health exams with routine cleanings creates an opportunity of discovery for your child where they get to learn and understand more about dental hygiene, and the steps we take to achieve optimal oral health. Our team demonstrates a “tell, show, do” approach as they discuss the dental instruments used and what they do as your child’s teeth are cleaned and examined. Our dentists also take this time to determine if any special preventative treatments, such as sealants or fluoride, are needed to help your child continue their journey to healthy smiles.

What to Expect During Your Child’s Exam

After our dental team performs your child’s cleaning, our team will conduct an oral health exam. During the exam, our pediatric dentist will take a look at the development of your child’s teeth, jaw, and oral tissues. This will give our dentists a chance to evaluate your child’s growing mouth, including their baby teeth and any teeth that may be erupting, and identify any abnormalities that may present issues as your child continues to develop. Our dentists will discuss any findings and will let you know if there are any follow-up treatments needed, such as fillings or x-rays. Our dentists only prescribe x-rays as necessary to locate cavities or examine other abnormalities found during the oral health exam.

Once they are finished with the exam, your child will have the opportunity to pick out a prize for their bravery! This is a simple reminder that your child is an important part of the Ashby Park family.

When is it Time for My Child’s First Oral Health Exam?

Our dentists, as well as the American Academy for Pediatric Dentistry, recommend bringing your child in for their first exam when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Optimal oral health begins as early as your child’s first tooth! This gives our dentist an early start on making sure your child’s teeth, jaw, and oral tissues are all developing properly and get ahead of any potential problems that may arise in the future.

To schedule an oral health exam for your child, contact one of our conveniently located pediatric dental offices in Greenville, Anderson or Easley, SC!

FAQs About Children’s Oral Exams

At What Age Should I Bring My Child in for His or Her First Oral Exam?

Our dentists follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry which states your child should have their first oral health exam once their first tooth erupts or no later than your child’s first birthday.

How Can I Get My Child Ready for His or Her Dental Visit?

Our dental team recommends scheduling your child’s exam at a time where they are well rested and most cooperative. Before the appointment, talk to your child about what to expect. Let them know that our dentists will use special tools designed to keep smiles bright, happy, and healthy. When discussing the appointment with your child, avoid sharing negative experiences or negative words and help them keep a positive mindset leading up to the appointment.

How Often Should I Bring My Child in for Dental Cleanings?

Routine cleanings and regular oral health exams are essential for maintaining optimal oral health and staying on top of preventative care. Our dentists recommend cleanings twice a year for our patients. Depending on your child’s needs, your dentist may recommend coming in more frequently. Our dentists perform oral health exams during these routine cleaning appointments. Your child’s dentist will evaluate the unique dental needs of your child and determine the best appointment schedule.

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