The first examination is recommended at the time of the eruption
of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. Exams should be continued every 6 months thereafter or sooner if required.
Cleanings are part of the bigger picture and proper oral health. Cleanings and exams are recommended every 6 months.
Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and occurs naturally in water and some foods. To help protect teeth from cavities, fluoride is added to dental products like toothpaste. Children two years of age or older should always use a fluoride toothpaste. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends using a “smear” of fluoride toothpaste twice a day when the first tooth appears and until age 3. Once your child has turned 3, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used.
Digital x-rays and imaging
Not all dental issues can be identified through a visual dental examination. That’s why it’s particularly important for children to receive routine digital X-Rays. The benefits in doing so far surpass the risks – and we can give you 5 great reasons! Here are a few major advantages of pediatric digital X-Rays:
1. Images can detect cavities unseen by the human eye
2. X-Ray images will reflect signs of bone disease and allow a dentist to evaluate injuries
3. Digital images can be used to examine and guide growth during the earliest and most crucial stages of development
4. Risk of tooth decay can be identified enabling preemptive dental measures to be applied
5. Digital panoramic x-rays can be utilized to help plan potential orthodontic treatments
Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your child’s teeth. Sealants are another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. Think of them as raincoats for your teeth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in everyone’s mouth meet leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes in teeth. These holes are cavities. After sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your child’s teeth.