Many of the elements of a child's dental appointment are similar to those of an adult dental appointment, but there are a few differences. Our Etobicoke dentists explain what to expect at your child's dental appointment in this video.
A typical dental appointment includes a thorough professional dental cleaning of your child's teeth by the dentist or dental hygienist. Whether your child has primary or adult teeth, the procedure is the same.
The cleaning will include scaling to remove any tartar build-up, professional flossing, and polishing.
The dentist will also check your child's teeth, gums, mouth interior, and jaw for any issues such as gingivitis, tooth decay, oral abnormalities, and teeth or jaw misalignment.
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 if it is absolutely necessary. Their frequency is determined by a number of factors, including your child's overall oral health, risk of dental disease, and oral development stage.
Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. Fluoride is important for oral health and development because it strengthens tooth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay. It can even reverse decay that has already begun to develop in some cases.
Getting enough fluoride is important for everyone, but especially for children because their teeth are still growing and developing.
Your dentist will discuss your child's fluoride needs with you during your child's dental appointment, and the two of you will decide on a fluoride delivery plan together. This could include fluoride treatments in the dentist's office or fluoride 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 team will schedule a follow-up appointment for your child if he or she has a cavity or another oral health problem. This appointment can be scheduled at our office or by calling us at any time.