It is essential for parents to get their children to visit the dentist at least twice a year for an oral check-up. The dentist will be able to identify and treat any potential issues before they become serious. At ATI Dental Care, we have years of experience working with children, and we understand how to make them feel comfortable in our office.
What Is the Need for Children’s Dental Cleanings?
Children’s dental check-ups are designed to allow us to examine your child’s teeth and gums to ensure:
- They are getting adequate amounts of fluoride
- Their teeth are developing properly
- They do not suffer from cavities or tooth decay
- The development of any gum disease has been prevented
How Should You Prepare Your Child For Their Visit?
We understand that children can be anxious about visiting a dental office, so we will work as hard as possible to make them feel comfortable. We also advise parents to discuss their child’s dental appointment with them and answer any questions they have beforehand. If possible, you can schedule the appointment for a time when your child isn’t experiencing any pain or discomfort. It is also a good idea to bring a favorite toy that can help distract them during their visit.
What Is Included In the Cleaning Process?
During the examination, our dentist will check the shape and texture of your child’s teeth and gums. We will then use a specialized tool to probe deep between their teeth in order to examine their oral cavity for any signs of decay or damage. We may recommend a fluoride treatment if they are not receiving an adequate amount of this substance through fluoridated water or toothpaste.
We may also try to determine how much plaque and tartar they have in their mouth using a dental mirror and scaler. Both are designed to provide us with a better look at the surface of their teeth so we can remove any build-up and prevent further damage.
To remove tartar from their back teeth, we may use an ultrasonic toothbrush adjusted at high vibrations that effectively dislodge the tartar from the surface of their teeth by dislodging the layer of plaque underneath it.
What Happens If Your Child Has Cavities?
If our dentist observes any signs of cavities during their examination, they will provide you with treatment options that you can choose from in order to correct the issue. In many cases, filling your child’s cavities is straightforward and quick, but they may need more extensive treatment if they have several cavities or if they do not follow through with regular brushing and flossing at home.
Please reach out to our dental practice at (303) 360-7462 or schedule an appointment online, so we can guide you further.