What's Involved With a Dental Exam?

3/20/18   #Dental Health
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child see a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.

During the routine check-up, the pediatric dentist will review your child's medical and dental history. He or she will gently examine your child's teeth, oral tissues, and jaws. The teeth will be cleaned to remove any plaque build-up or tarter. The teeth are then polished, followed by the application of a sealer. Sealants are thin, protective plastic coatings added to permanent molars and other back teeth susceptible to decay.

We may also apply fluoride, a preventative treatment for tooth decay which can be thought of as a vitamin for teeth as it makes the enamel more resistant. Application is recommended after dental cleanings.

Our pediatric dentists will talk to you and your child about dental health in ways that they can understand. We will teach you how to motivate your child to help to take responsibility for their healthy smile.

According to Dr. Frank Sierra, "Preventive dentistry starts with instructing patients and/or their parents in proper brushing and flossing techniques. We do this at every visit. If the child’s teeth have decay or other problems requiring further treatment, we will discuss that with you as well."

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling regular dental checkups, with the most common interval being every six months. However, we might recommend fewer or more-frequent visits depending on your child's risk factors for oral health problems.

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. To set up an appointment in North or South Tampa, Clearwater, Seminole, or Town & Country, just fill out or online form. We don't require a referral for an appointment.