Did you know that children have a very high risk for cavities? This is why teeth cleanings are so important! During these visits, we clean their teeth and provide an oral exam.
The dentist will examine all teeth and oral tissues, and he or she will identify any issues that your child may have. The key is to find small issues early before they become bigger (and costlier) issues down the road. The earlier we start treatment, the easier we can take care of any cavities or orthodontic issues, and the more money you could potentially save.
What should we expect during a cleaning visit?
- Step 1: Checkin Paperwork
Your child’s health is top priority, which is why we require you to fill out a medical history update for the patient. The dental assistant will review the medical history and perform a quick exam before starting. This is your opportunity to discuss any issues or questions that you might have. We will give you and your child a tour of the office and help the patient feel as comfortable as possible.
- Step 2: Dental X-Rays and Gritty Toothpaste Polishing
Did you know that we have TVs on the ceiling? Your child can watch TV while we polish their teeth with our spinning toothbrush. Your little one can choose their favorite toothpaste flavor and we will remove all plaque and debris!
- Step 3: Flossing, Rising, and Tooth Brushing Tips
Flossing once a day keeps the sugar bugs away! Sugar bugs is our code word for cavities. Let’s just say that we know how to speak kid! It’s fun and our patients love it! Then, after a good floss and rinse, the assistant will demonstrate how to brush and floss!
- Step 4: Dental Exam
Next, the dentist will perform an exam with just a mirror and explorer, take a look at your patient’s x-rays and let you know about any issues. Any dental treatment that is needed will be reviewed with you by the dentist. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
- Step 5: Fluoride Treatment
Then, to prevent future cavities, we will apply a sticky tooth vitamin that helps tooth enamel become healthy and strong. It tastes great, and your child will love it!
- Step 6: Dental Sealants
Dental sealants may be recommended by the dentist. Sealants are a thin, protective coating that is placed in the pits and grooves of the permanent molars. Typically the first set of molars erupt at age 6 and these molars are super hard to clean. The grooves of teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria. This can cause cavities. We typically do this procedure at your child’s dental cleaning exam since it is quick, easy, and painless.