Eliminate the stress of the unknown with this quick and simple guide on what to expect at your pediatric dentist.
As a parent, you have the opportunity to build a strong foundation for your child’s oral health in the coming years. Through your example and the attention you give to his or her oral care, you can instill good habits and great health. While brushing and flossing daily are key aspects of oral care, a routine dental checkup also makes the list as a necessary element of healthy teeth.
In most cases, it is recommended that you bring your child in for a routine dental checkup every six months. Depending upon the health of your child’s teeth, your dentist may recommend more or less time in between appointments.
Your Child’s Routine Dental Checkup: What to Expect
At times, the fear of the unknown can keep one from action. That’s why at Kangaroo Smiles, we strive to provide as much information to you and your child as possible. Enjoy this complete explanation of what you can expect at your routine dental checkup with us.
5 Benefits of Your Pediatric Dental Checkup
- A Thorough Examination
Dr. Mona and the Kangaroo Krew take time to thoroughly examine your child’s oral health. This will involve an examination of the teeth, gums and entire mouth. They will be looking for any changes or signs of problems that may indicate the need for other intervention.
- A Professional Cleaning
At each pediatric dental checkup, Dr. Mona’s crew will provide your child with a complete cleaning. A rotating rubber cup or brush will be used in order to polish the teeth, removing any plaque or stains.
- Fluoride Treatment
Dr. Mona believes strongly in prevention. She focuses first on providing your child with all the tools to prevent cavities and oral issues, before being required to intervene with more involved procedures. Fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth from decay. For children, these treatments are usually applied in a varnish form and will last for several months providing your child with extra protection against tooth decay.
Important for identifying any underlying problems, dental x-rays are taken during your child’s routine dental checkup. This alerts Dr. Mona to any rising issues and helps ensure that your child’s oral health will not come with an unwanted surprise down the road. The digital x-rays that Kangaroo Smiles uses, emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays and produce pictures that may be viewed immediately for faster treatment.
- Continued Education
As stated earlier, Dr. Mona places great emphasis on preventative dentistry, which is why she will take the time to discuss your child’s current oral habits with you and your child. She will determine if there are any areas that need improvement and will provide you both the tools and education to help change bad habits or simply reinforce good ones.
At Kangaroo Smiles, your routine dental checkup is anything but routine. We treat each one as though it is the first time your child has been seen, using professional methods, gentle manners, and thorough examination.
Don’t Forget: Halloween Is Right Around The Corner!
Please keep these top 5 ideas in mind when enjoying your sweet, sweet goodies from your trick-or-treating adventure:
- Choose the right time to eat your Halloween Candy by eating with meals, or shortly after mealtime. Your saliva production will help guard your teeth and cancel out unwanted acids.
- Avoid getting sticky with candies that cling to your teeth. Eating these candies will increase the risk for tooth decay.
- Drink more water, washing away all of those unwanted sugars and gearing towards fluoridated water to help keep your teeth protected.
Call us today to meet with Dr. Mona and determine your child’s optimal dental checkup frequency as well as the best practices you can do now to ensure good oral health.