Dental Exams and Cleanings for Children
Exams – When to Begin and Why
Your child’s first dental examination is recommended at the time of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. Regular dental exams are very important as unrecognized dental disease can result in larger problems, which lead to more extensive and expensive dental care. Finding dental problems can improve a child’s oral health, general health and well-being, and school readiness. Early diagnosis of developing problems with your child’s bite and/or alignment can allow for more timely and successful intervention than if caught too late.
What to Expect During the Exam
Many things will be evaluated at your child’s dental exam. These include, but are not limited to:
- General health/growth
- Tooth/dental pain
- Soft tissues of the face
- Joints that move the jaws and mouth
- Gums and soft tissues inside the mouth
- Oral hygiene and gum health
- Teeth and bone
- Biting characteristics and alignment of teeth
- Risk for cavities
- Behavior of child
Based upon the visual examination of your child, we may take radiographs or photographs of the teeth and mouth.
The most common period between exams is six months; however, some children may require examination and preventive care more frequently. If this is a benefit for your child, the team at Tiny Teeth will discuss it with you.
Cleaning (Prophylaxis) Process
Professional cleanings (a dental prophylaxis) form the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. In a professional cleaning, the team at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry will:
- Remove plaque from the teeth: plaque is a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease.
- Remove calculus (tarter): Calculus is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove.
- Polish and remove stains from teeth