Everything You Need to Know About Pediatric Dental Exams

Everything You Need to Know About Pediatric Dental Exams

Posted by We C Kids Dental on Jan 10 2023, 12:27 AM

Taking care of your child's teeth is very important, but it's even more important to start early. Starting good dental habits early can help your child maintain healthy teeth for life.

What Pediatric Dental Exams Are

A regular exam for your child's teeth involves a full examination of their teeth and gums. Your child can expect to be checked for cavities, plaque accumulation, crooked teeth, and your child's bite alignment. These appointments allow the dentist to check for any issues, such as gum disease or gingivitis, so that these issues can be treated before they affect your child's health.

The dentist will also check your child for any signs of tooth grinding, also known as bruxism. Teeth grinding can have serious effects on your child's oral health if left untreated. If your dentist notices that your child is grinding their teeth at night, they can provide you with a night guard—a custom-made mouthpiece that prevents the teeth from coming into contact with each other during sleep, reducing the chances of damage to the enamel.

Depending on the age and needs of your child, they may need additional evaluations during their appointment. Younger children may need to have a fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay from developing. Older children and teens may need to have their wisdom teeth removed if they come in improperly or are causing issues. Talk to your child's dentist about what types of services they provide during a regular visit, so you're prepared for future visits.

What Should I Expect During My Child's First Dental Visit?

At your child's first appointment, our doctors will complete a comprehensive exam. This will include an oral health risk assessment and a consultation with you about your child's brushing habits and oral hygiene routine. The dentist will also check to make sure there are no signs of decay or gum disease. X-rays will be taken so that the doctor can check for cavities and identify any underlying issues in the jawbone. These x-rays will not require any sedation and will be completely painless. If any issues are found during the examination, a follow-up will be scheduled immediately for treatment. Otherwise, we will let you know how often you should bring your child in for a checkup and cleaning.

How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child visit a dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings, examinations, and preventative services. This recommendation is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). 

For free exams, visit We C Kids at 10643 Valley Blvd Suite A/B, El Monte, CA 91731, for more tips. Contact us at (626) 628-2424 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. 

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