Exams and Prevention

Cleaning

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child see a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. During a routine check-up, your child's teeth will be polished to remove any plaque build-up or tartar.

The exam will include exploration of the child’s mouth and gums and a discussion regarding at-home dental hygiene. Preventive dentistry starts with instructing patients and/or parents in proper brushing and flossing techniques. We do this at every visit. If the child’s teeth exhibit decay or other problems requiring further treatment, the dentist will discuss them with you at this time.

Our pediatric dentists and staff are committed to helping your child enjoy healthy teeth throughout their childhood and work with you to help them build a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a preventative treatment for tooth decay and can be thought of as a vitamin for teeth as it makes the enamel more resistant. Application is recommended after dental cleanings.

Sealants

A sealant is a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars where four of out five cavities are found. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque, and acid––protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth to prevent future cavities from developing.

Low Radiation X-Rays

Our office uses digital radiographs which use less radiation than traditional radiographs. These are needed to diagnose and treat issues in-between and inside teeth as well as below the gum-line. A clinical exam alone cannot see the areas of a tooth that a radiograph provides.