Routine dental cleanings and exams are important for your child to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent decay and disease. Your daily home care is also critical, but the professional cleanings remove sticky and mineralized plaque that can develop despite good brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines say the patient’s risk for caries or periodontal (gum) disease helps determine the interval for recare, i.e. either every 3 months or every 6 months. This interval is determined by our dental team. These preventive appointments typically last between 30 minutes and an hour, and parents are always welcome to come back to the treatment area or wait in the lobby. During the appointment, your child’s teeth will be polished and scaled to remove the plaque, tartar and stain from the tooth surfaces. He or she will get to pick a fun toothpaste flavor like fruit punch or bubble gum, and they will get to watch a kid-friendly movie overhead.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry affirms that the use of fluoride as an adjunct in the prevention of cavities is safe and effective. At the end of your child’s cleaning we place a concentrated fluoride varnish treatment on the teeth. This varnish helps prevent cavities by strengthening the teeth and by affecting the metabolic activity of bacteria that cause cavities. Your child has the option of choosing from mint, bubblegum, or salted caramel flavored fluoride. The only restriction to this fluoride varnish is your child will need to wait at least 2 hours before they use mouth rinse or brush their teeth at home.
Digital X Rays
Dental x-rays will be taken as needed during their routine cleaning appointments to check for cavities in between their teeth, survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. All of our x-ray equipment is digital and uses much less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, and your child will also wear a lead body apron with a thyroid collar during the process. If you have any concerns about x-rays for your child, please discuss them with our staff.
The last part of your child’s routine cleaning is a thorough examination with either Dr. Lisi or with Dr. Alina. This includes reviewing any x-rays taken, examining your child’s mouth visually for problems, and talking to your child about their teeth and hygiene when age appropriate. If your child has decay or other problems requiring treatment, Dr. Lisi or Dr. Alina will discuss them with you and a treatment appointment will be set for a later date.
After every dental appointment, your child will choose a special prize for completing the appointment.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your child’s routine cleaning and exam, please call our office at 972-727-0011 or fill out our online request form.