If it’s been more than six months since your child’s last dental exam, don’t wait to make an appointment with the team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry. The expert staff of pediatric dentists provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere for children and teenagers. Using advanced tools and technologies, the process is quick and pain-free to promote positive oral health outcomes. To schedule an appointment for your child, book online or call the office in Surprise, Arizona, today.
A dental exam is a routine screening procedure used to check on your child’s oral health and well-being. It presents an opportunity to catch potentially serious health problems like tooth decay and gum disease early on before they cause tooth loss, bone decay, or other issues.
In addition, dental exams allow your child to build a relationship with their dentist. Studies show that children who trust their dentist experience better outcomes and less anxiety during treatment.
At Surprise Pediatric Dentistry, a dental exam features several steps, including:
If your child is visiting Surprise Pediatric Dentistry for the first time, the team sets aside time to review their oral health history. If your child takes any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements regularly, let their provider know. It’s also important to alert the team to any chronic health problems your child has, like asthma or diabetes.
After a review of your child’s oral health history, a dental hygienist conducts a comprehensive oral screening.
Your child’s dental hygienist uses a circular, handheld mirror to examine their teeth, gums, and mouth, looking for signs of inflammation or decay. Early identification and treatment of potential problems can prevent the need for more complex procedures later on.
Oral X-rays are a type of diagnostic imaging used to detect potential problems that are invisible to the naked eye, including impacted teeth, a damaged jawbone, abscesses, and decay between the teeth.
Oral X-rays use low doses of radiation to provide detailed images of your child’s tooth roots, jawbone, and alveolar bone. The results are instant, so your child’s dentist can review them with you on the same day as their oral exam.
Following a comprehensive oral exam and X-rays, the team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry can make recommendations for treatment. Typically, a dental cleaning every six months is enough to prevent cavities and gum disease. If necessary, the team might recommend fluoride treatment, sealants, or orthodontics with FASTBRACES®.
If your child experiences dental anxiety, they may find it difficult to sit still during an exam. The team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry understands.
To help your child feel comfortable and relaxed, they offer sedation dentistry. This type of treatment is particularly beneficial for children who are fussy or have special needs.
If it’s time for your child to have a dental exam, schedule an appointment at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry. Book online or call the office today.