After your child’s first visit, we recommend following up with routine exams and dental cleanings every six months. However, we may determine that there are circumstances that make your child more high risk for tooth decay. In this case, we may recommend more frequent visits. Early detection and treatment saves unnecessary discomfort, time, and money.
What happens during a routine check-up appointment?
Every six months, we’ll schedule a dental cleaning, where we’ll first perform a visual examination of your child’s mouth, face, jaw, and neck to check for any potential issues. We’ll also collect some digital diagnostics if necessary. Then, we’ll do a thorough cleaning and polishing of their teeth. During this appointment, we also educate kids (and their parents) on best practices for keeping their teeth and gums happy and healthy!
How should we care for teeth and gums between appointments?
There are three key steps when it comes to good oral hygiene for kids. First, it’s critical that your child is brushing twice each day, preferably after breakfast and before bedtime. Secondly, they do need to floss daily. Yes, even kids need to floss! Lastly, they (or you) need to clean their tongue regularly using a tongue scraper, or just their toothbrush. If you do these three things and schedule regular dental cleanings, you’ll do just fine!
Are there certain precautions specific to teenagers?
Certain activities that are common amongst teenagers can have a negative impact on oral health. Piercings around or inside the mouth may cause chipped teeth or receding gums. This can lead to decay, and it’s painful. Smoking is also very harmful. According to the CDC, nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers started before age 18, so this is definitely something to watch for.