How Often Should Children Have Check Ups?
What Can You Expect From A Check Up?
The Dental Exam
During the dental exam your dentist will inspect your child’s teeth and gums and the mouth for signs of decay. The dentist will also check the soft tissue of the mouth. He or she will check the jaw and bite for signs of grinding.
Depending on your child’s age, it may be necessary to take an x-ray to check the positioning of the baby or adult teeth.
Your dentist may apply some fluoride or sealant to protect your child’s teeth against decay. This typically is done on the molars and back teeth, which children may struggle to brush properly.
Your dentist will do a professional cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. He or she will run through good brushing and flossing techniques and chat to your child about the importance of following a healthy diet. This is important for younger children, because there will be areas that are hard to reach, and which will need professional cleaning.
He or she may use disclosing tablets to stain areas of the teeth that your child is not getting to when he or she brushes. This can help you to guide your child when brushing.
If your child does have cavities the dentist will fill them up.
What Is A Dental X-Ray For?
A dental x-ray allows the dentist to check different parts of your child’s mouth, the areas that were not visible during the exam. Using the x-ray he can inspect whether there will be enough space in the jaw to accommodate the adult teeth, and be able to see whether the teeth are going to emerge straight.
Looking for a family dentist with a great chair-side manner to treat your children? Contact our Epping practice today to find a convenient appointment time for your child’s dental. (02) 9158 6753
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