It is completely natural for your child to have reservations and anxiety regarding their dental checkup. One of the best ways to help reassure your child about their dental checkup is to thoroughly explain the process to them. This can help children to know what to expect, which can help them feel better about visiting the dentist.
Cleaning and Polishing
The dental visit will begin with a thorough cleaning and polishing of your child’s teeth. They will have the specific tools necessary to clean their teeth as effectively as possible. A dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar from the teeth. After the tartar has been removed, the teeth will be polished to remove any remaining plaque or stains.
After the initial cleaning, the dental hygienist or assistant will be able to determine potential issues with your child’s oral hygiene. They will be able to educate both of you regarding the best ways to brush and floss their teeth, which can help them to prevent problems from escalating.
The dentist will then perform a thorough examination of the child’s mouth. This will help them find any problems with their oral health. This step is vital because it will minimize the possibility of oral health problems escalating. The dentist will then be able to discuss any current issues with your child’s oral health and will be able to advise you regarding the next steps to take.
An x-ray won’t be required for every exam, especially for younger children. Your dentist will determine the necessity of an x-ray depending on the specific situation. In general, the first x-ray won’t be performed until the child is 5 or 6 years of age.
Children often feel nervous about dental visits. Explaining these steps to them can help minimize their fears and anxiety. To schedule your child’s dental checkup, contact us at Mountain View Pediatric Dentistry today!