Your child's dental appointment involves may of the same elements as an adult dental appointment. However, there are some key differences it can be helpful to understand. Here, our Summerside dentists explain what you can expect during your child's dental appointment.
During a typical dental appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist will perform a comprehensive professional dental cleaning on your child's teeth. This procedure will be the same whether or not your child has primary or adult teeth in their smile.
The cleaning will include scaling to remove any tartar build-up, a professional flossing, and polishing.
Your dentist will also examine your child's gums, teeth, the interior of their mouth and their jaw for signs of issues like oral abnormalities, tooth decay, gum disease and teeth or jaw misalignments.
To help find problems that are not visible to the naked eye, the dentist or hygienist will occasionally perform an X-ray on your child’s teeth.
Our dentist will only perform an X-ray when necessary. This frequency will depend on a variety of factors like your child's oral and overall health, their risk of dental disease and the stage they are at of their oral development.
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in soil, water and some foods naturally. Fluoride is critical for the development and maintenance of your oral health since it strengthens your teeth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay. It may even be able to reverse decay that has begun developing in some cases.
Getting enough fluoride is important for everyone, but especially for children because their teeth are still growing and developing.
During your child’s dental appointment, your dentist will discuss your child’s fluoride needs with you, and together you'll settle on a course of fluoride delivery. This may include in-office fluoride treatments, or fluoride products like toothpaste and mouthwash.
Tips & Techniques
Your dentist or dental hygienist will end the appointment by reviewing proper at-home oral hygiene with both you and your child (as long as your child is old enough to understand what you are talking about).
This will include tips and advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques, oral health-friendly dietary information, and much more.
Your dentist will also be able to address any questions or concerns you may have about your child's oral health and well-being.
Follow-Up Appointment Scheduling
If your child has a cavity or other oral health problem, our administration team will book a follow-up appointment to monitor or treat it. You can book this appointment at our office, or call us any time.