A child's dental appointment involves many of the same elements as an adult dental appointment, but there are a few differences. Here, our Grande Prairie orthodontists explain what to expect during your child’s dental appointment.
The dentist or dental hygienist will clean your child's teeth thoroughly and professionally during a typical dental visit. If your child has primary teeth or adult teeth, the procedure is the same for both.
The cleaning will include scaling to remove any tartar build-up, professional flossing, and polishing.
In addition, the dentist will check your child's teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw for any issues like gingivitis, tooth decay, oral abnormalities, and jaw or tooth 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.
An X-ray will only be taken by the dentist if it is required. Their frequency is influenced by a number of variables, including your child's overall oral health, susceptibility to dental conditions, and stage of oral development.
A mineral called fluoride is present in some foods, water, and soil. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay, making it crucial for oral health and development. In some cases, it can even stop decay that has already started.
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
The dentist or hygienist will end the appointment by reviewing proper at-home dental hygiene with you and your child (if your child is old enough to understand).
This will include tips and advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques, oral health-friendly dietary information, and much more.
They will also be happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your child’s oral health.
Follow-Up Appointment Scheduling
Our administrative staff will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor or treat your child's cavity or any other oral health issues. You can call us at any time or make this appointment at our office.