Dental exams

Keeping small smiles clean and healthy

One of the best ways to protect your child’s smile is to take them for a professional checkup and cleaning every six months. We recommend that you bring your child in for their first visit before or around their first birthday so they can become familiar with our office.

In most cases, regular checkups and cleanings should begin at age three.

Dental exams

What happens during a pediatric dental checkup?

The nature of your child’s checkup will depend on their age, personality, and maturity at the time of their visit. For babies, for instance, we will simply inspect any existing teeth, gum tissue, and oral structures to identify any developmental concerns.

Once children are old enough to sit still for a full checkup, our team may recommend the capture of digital X-rays or repair for any tooth defects or cavities. We may also recommend Phase 1 orthodontic treatment if it could benefit your child.

Our goal is to form a comprehensive understanding of your child’s oral health and address concerns early on to stop signs of trouble in their tracks.

What to expect from your child’s dental cleaning

During your child’s dental cleaning, our talented team will gently remove plaque from your child’s teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance that contains harmful bacteria and can cause tooth decay if left to sit on your teeth.

After a thorough cleaning, we will then polish your child’s tooth enamel to remove minor staining, and apply a fluoride treatment as needed to improve tooth strength. If your child is old enough, we will walk them through some simple instructions to improve their oral health.

Book your child’s dental exam at OPD Smiles

We are passionate about keeping small smiles in Lucas and Allen safe for years to come. Book a dental exam for your child with our friendly team today.

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