Dental Exams and Cleanings
Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of his or her entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting the dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that your child visit the dentist every six months after the eruption of their first tooth to ensure his or her teeth stay healthy and smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing the dentist for exams and cleanings, your child can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
- Have white teeth by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in the dentist's office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your child’s exam, the Dr. Ganjavi will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. She may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. We use digital radiography which will help us discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Our clinical team will begin your child’s cleaning by exploring the surfaces of the teeth. We will then check your child’s gums and check for signs of gum disease.
Next, we will carefully clean your child’s teeth and remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from the teeth. Then, we will floss your child’s teeth, use a polishing compound, and lastly apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if your child has any anxiety about the dental exam, be sure to let our clinical team know. If we find tooth decay or gum disease, Dr. Ganjavi will talk to you about changing your child’s brushing or flossing habits. If your child’s teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. Ganjavi will probably recommend that your child continue his or her brushing and flossing routine as usual.