We’re already halfway through the month of July, so back-to-school season is just a few weeks away. In addition to buying new clothes and supplies, make sure your child’s smile is ready with a healthy smile. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about the importance of a child’s dental checkup.
Your Child’s Checkup
Once your little one reaches the age of two, we recommend a checkup visit every six months. The issues that could threaten your little one’s smile, such as tooth decay, take several months to form. With a dental exam twice a year, we can catch these concerns in the early stages, often before your child develops a toothache. The process involves our team helping your child feel welcome and comfortable. Next, we will use digital x-rays to obtain a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. These systems use 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays, and images are available instantly chairside. If we discover areas of concern, we can create a personalized treatment plan for your little one.
In the same visit, we could also offer a dental cleaning. The cleaning procedure allows our team to completely remove harmful layers of plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick. We then polish the teeth to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to cling to the surfaces in between cleaning visits. This not only fights tooth decay and gingivitis, but also bad breath and teeth stains.
Preventing Tooth Decay
We want your children to start the school year with a strong and healthy smile. In addition to a dental exam and cleaning, we can also discuss treatments to help lower the risk of cavities. During each exam visit we will apply fluoride in a topical form to strengthen the outer enamel and prevent cavities from forming, strengthening the weakened portions of the teeth. We could also apply dental sealants to the rear teeth, a special acrylic coating that prevents food particles from being trapped between the hard-to-reach molars. The sealants stay in place for years to come and wear away gradually, clinging the longest to the portions of the teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
If you have any questions about our checkups and cleanings for kids, or about the preventive treatments we offer to fight tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT OUR EXAMS AND CLEANINGS
Our team wants to help your little ones start school with a healthy smile. If you would like to find out more about helping kids with their oral health issues, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.