A healthy introduction to good oral hygiene starts at a young age. Developing excellent habits while your child is young ensures good oral health habits for life. A crucial part of good oral hygiene involves regular checkups or recare exams with your dentist.
Components of a Dental Exam Include:
– Check the overall health of your child’s mouth, gums, and teeth
Your dentist is looking for indications of both tooth and gum health and strength. They will look for signs of at-home brushing and flossing. They will look for new teeth emerging and teeth that have fallen out
– Checking for cavities
Both visually and through x-rays, your child’s dentist will look for cavities that may be forming. At this point, they will also look at any previous cavities, fillings or crowns.
– Polishing teeth to remove staining
Teeth naturally stain through consistent exposure to different foods, acids, and minerals. At the dentist, your child’s teeth will be polished to clear surface stains.
– Removing oral plaque build-up
Even with consistent brushing, bacteria and plaque can still build up. Too much plaque may cause cavities and tooth decay. Seeing a dentist for an exam and cleaning will help remove the plaque and prevent tooth decay.
– Fluoride treatments
Fluoride is extremely important for tooth development. At recare exams, we apply a fluoride treatment to ensure your child is receiving professional grade fluoride every six months to strengthen tooth enamel.
X-rays are a very important component of a dental exam. X-rays allow us to get a look at areas between the teeth that are not visible in the mouth . They also allow us to check for any abnormalities, normal teeth number and eruption patterns.
– Nutritional counseling and home care
At every checkup, We discuss nutrition and foods that ensure great dental health( and those that dont!) We also discuss a plan for prevention of cavities- by demonstrating good brushing and flossing habits and an individualized at-home plan for your child.