Checkups and Cleanings
Dental checkups and cleanings for children are essential for laying the foundation of good oral health and establishing the value of receiving routine treatment in an effort to detect potential problems in their early stages.
During checkups, our dentists will look for signs of tooth decay, enamel wear and gum disease. We will also use diagnostic tools to evaluate the health of tissues beneath the surface – specifically the roots of teeth and the jaw. Diagnostic imaging can assist in revealing congenital and developmental abnormalities that might require the attention of a specialist such as an oral surgeon or orthodontist. Like adults, children can develop common oral health conditions including dental caries and inflamed or irritated gums (periodontal disease). Many times, these conditions develop due to diet and poor oral hygiene practices.
Dental hygiene visits are important for keeping teeth and gums clean – especially since young patients have difficulty reaching their back teeth when brushing and flossing. Cleanings are a gentle and non-invasive method for preserving and maintaining gum health and cleaning around the teeth so that tartar and plaque accumulation are controlled. Even if children clean their teeth thoroughly, they will still develop tartar that needs to be removed. A form of calcified plaque, tartar cannot be removed by flossing or brushing and must be removed with professional-grade dental instruments.
Children should receive two cleanings and checkups per year.
Oral Health Education
Visits to our practice for checkups and cleanings are a great time for children to receive education about oral health. Our staff is trained to explain oral hygiene and how oral diseases develop in memorable and simply understood ways so that children can grasp the effects that their actions have on their teeth and gums. Receiving proper patient education in an appropriate manner can help children establish good habits that lead to a lifetime of vibrant oral health.
Establishing Familiarity with Dental Settings
Dental fear and phobias affect millions of people in the United States. These phobias are often triggered by unpleasant sounds or experiences in dental settings, and sometimes, dental phobias are so pronounced, people will completely avoid receiving necessary dental care because their anxieties are so debilitating. Fortunately, these dental phobias can be prevented by establishing familiarity with dental settings at a young age. When parents bring their children to Dental Depot on a regular basis, it allows our team to develop a rapport and trusting relationship with them. This will help promote positive experiences for children by familiarizing them with the sights, sensations and sounds of dental treatment.
Preventing disease is one of the most important aspects of pediatric dentistry. While prevention certainly begins with practicing proper oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet and visiting our office regularly, there are some treatments we can administer that help strengthen teeth to prevent dental injuries and tooth decay. Two of the most common preventive treatments include the administration of fluoride and the application of dental sealants.
Tooth enamel is made of minerals, and when exposed to strong acid, its mineral content (and strength) can be stripped away. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride is scientifically proven to strengthen teeth by attracting minerals to the surface of tooth enamel, which will ultimately help replenish lost mineral content. Strong, healthy tooth enamel is key in protecting teeth against cavity causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments are quick and easy and involve simply applying a fluoridated varnish or gel to the teeth.
Dental sealants are another preventive method for protecting teeth from bacteria and decay. Using a disease-resistant, plastic compound, sealants are applied over the pits and grooves of the teeth and quickly hardened with a curing light. This ensures that the biting surfaces of the teeth are more protected against damage and harmful bacteria.
Receiving fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants are non-invasive and cost-effective. If decay does form, our dentists can treat dental caries with restorations like fillings or crowns. During all types of treatment, we utilize anesthetics when necessary to promote comfort and relaxation.
All Dental Depot locations are accepting new patients. To learn more about our pediatric services, call a Dental Depot nearest you to reserve an appointment for your child.