The Importance of Pediatric dental cleaning and exam
Scheduling pediatric dental cleanings and exams are one of the best preventative measures you can take to help your child achieve oral health. These routine visits should be scheduled every six months and allow the dentist to monitor the development of your child’s mouth and catch any oral health problems early when they are easiest to treat. At Albrecht Family Dentistry in West Bend, Wisconsin, we encourage parents to bring their children in after the emergence of their first tooth or by the age of one.
What do pediatric exams and cleanings consist of?
Your child’s exam and cleaning will look like your routine visits. Our entire team loves working with children and will provide extra special care to our youngest patients so they feel calm and safe at our office.
The dental hygienist will look for any plaque accumulation or signs of tooth decay and gum disease during the exam. The next step is a thorough polishing and flossing of the teeth to remove any plaque or tartar that has been present. The dentist can then perform a comprehensive examination of your child’s oral health and development. Depending on your child’s age, the exam may or may not include x-rays.
Benefits of pediatric dental care:
- Observation of dental care habits – During these exams, the dentist can monitor the care of your child’s teeth and work with both the patient and the parent to assist in developing good habits.
- Monitoring development – Using x-rays, the dentist can chart the growth of your child’s teeth and jaw to identify any potential orthodontic problems early.
- Plaque and tartar prevention – Even if your child is brushing regularly with your supervision, certain teeth can be challenging to clean, especially at the back of the mouth. By thoroughly cleaning the surfaces of every tooth, we can prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar.
- Preventative care is less expensive than treatment – By keeping up with your child’s oral health, you will help them form lifelong habits that will prevent some of the most common dental problems. Dental cleanings are far more affordable than fillings and other tooth restorations.
Give your child the gift of oral health
Our entire team at Albrecht Family Dentistry in West Bend, WI, looks forward to meeting your family and helping your child maintain their oral health. To schedule a pediatric dental cleaning and exam, please call us at (262) 338-6622.