Besides focusing on educating kids and their parents about the proper way to brush and floss, a comprehensive oral exam helps reveal what specific oral needs your child may have and if any treatment is necessary. Our dentist will start with a visual check up to see if there are any cavities.
X-rays may then be taken to see what the naked eye can’t. A treatment course, if necessary will then be planned out. This may include a thorough cleaning, the use of dental sealants, fluoride treatment, or space maintainers for missing teeth. The need for braces, or night guards for nighttime grinders, may also be determined at this time.
Proper dental education is a must for all kids to know. It’d surprise most parents to know how little many youngsters know about how to properly care for their own teeth. But where gaps in kids’ knowledge of dental self-care may occur, that’s where we happily step in.
Visual check-up is a simple, but crucially important step. Our specialists are trained to recognize the earliest stages of many conditions like abscesses, cavities, and tooth decay. Some of these conditions can be addressed with relatively simple and cost-effective procedures as long as the problems are discovered early enough. With a dedication to dental hygiene at home and consistent, six-month check-ups, we can help you and your family avoid the need for more extensive procedures for years to come.
In some cases, we may find that an x-ray is necessary to follow up on problematic signs detected during the visual check. X-rays are a necessary preventative and diagnostic tool that helps find valuable information which simply can’t be found during a visual exam. At All About Kids Dental, we use digital x-rays to safely and accurately uncover hidden dental abnormalities and use the data collected to build an accurate, custom treatment plan. Without x-rays during a comprehensive exam, problem areas have a good chance of going entirely undetected.
While many families have concerns about the radiation exposure in x-ray exams, the truth of the matter is that routine x-ray exposure is less than that of one day of natural background radiation. It’s also about the same amount of exposure that you would experience during a short flight. Proper shielding also makes the potential risk even lower. We use digital x-rays and aprons to decrease the potential risk to our patients.
If our specialists discover the need for care, most potential problems can be resolved with a simple cleaning, including fluoride treatment, and polishing. Sometimes, sealants or space maintainers are deemed necessary. If more extensive procedures, such as braces, are recommended, we’ll guide you and your family every step of the way through those procedures.
An attractive, healthy smile that lasts forever is our most important goal when treating kids and young adults. However, e ven after we have taken care of you and your family’s teeth, the way you take care of them at home plays a vital role in making your grin look great for years to come. Dental care at home starts by eating healthy meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Call us today for more information or to set up an appointment for a comprehensive exam.