Digital X-Rays For Your Child’s Checkup
We want to see kids for their first checkup at around age one, and for a routine exam every six months starting at age two. These visits help preserve oral health and instill good dental hygiene habits! As part of the exam process, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist will employ advanced digital technology, such as digital x-rays.
Why Kids Need a Checkup
Oral health issues often take several months to form, so an exam every few months allows us to diagnose them in the earliest stages, before major discomfort or complications develop. We then address them quickly. These visits are also a chance to educate children about their oral health and help instill good habits that will guide them in their adult years too. Routine exams could also help reduce dental anxiety, as kids will become accustomed to seeing the dentist.
Digital X-rays and Intraoral Cameras
To make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, our team will employ advanced technology. Instead of traditional x-rays we use a digital alternative. The digital option requires a fraction of the radiation, and the images will be available instantly chairside, instead of requiring a lengthy development process. We also take intraoral images with a digital camera, which gives us a close and detailed pictures of the teeth and gums. We can identify issues like tooth decay, infection, and gingivitis in the earliest stages. Our team also has the chance to watch for issues with the loss of baby teeth or the eruption of permanent teeth.
Cleanings and Preventive Treatments
During the same visit we will also clean the teeth, a process that uses an advanced ultrasonic scaling device and manual tool to remove all harmful plaque and tartar, which reduces the risk of cavities and poor gum health. We could also discuss unique prevent treatments to help lower the risk of cavities, such as fluoride treatments during each checkup, or possibly dental sealants. Fluoride helps strengthen the outer enamel to prevent enamel erosion and decay. Dental sealants place a barrier on the back teeth to prevent food from becoming caught between them. Since kids often have trouble reaching these teeth, this significantly limits cavity risk and could last four up to ten years.
If you have any questions about how we protect smiles with a checkup visit every six months, or if you would like to schedule one for your child, then contact our team today to learn more.
Pediatric Dental Care At Casa Linda Talks About Checkup Visits
Our team would like to help kids of all ages enjoy optimal oral health. For more information on the importance of a checkup or how often kids need these preventive visits, then call our Dallas, TX pediatric dentist’s office today at 214-321-4880!
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