We often blog about the importance of checkups and dental cleanings. While most of our blogs are addressed towards older audiences, kids benefit from these preventive visits as well. What happens at a kid’s checkup? Why are these visits so essential for children?
Frequently Asked Questions About Kids’ Checkups
Question: What do you look for in the checkup?
Answer: We examine the teeth for signs of tooth decay and infection. We will also look for warning signs of developing misalignment that may require orthodontic treatment. For older kids, we will watch for signs of gingivitis. Identifying a problem in the early stages allows us to offer treatment and prevent the issue from progressing.
Question: Do you educate children about brushing and flossing?
Answer: Yes. First, we paint a solution onto the teeth that allows us to show parents and kids what areas of the teeth the children are missing when brushing. We can then educate them in proper brushing and flossing techniques. This is essential for protecting teeth from cavities and other oral health concerns.
Question: Will my child receive a cleaning as well?
Answer: We may recommend a cleaning as well. A dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar (calcified plaque) from the teeth. The procedure can be done in the same visit. A cleaning also helps brighten teeth and keep breath fresh.
Question: How often should we visit the office?
Answer: We recommend visiting once every six months. This allows us to monitor your child’s smile as it develops. In addition, routine visits can also help prevent dental anxiety and instill good dental habits. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a visit for your little one, then contact our office today.