During your child’s exam, the dentist will perform a thorough examination of your child’s teeth and their gums for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other health problems he might be able to identify. The dentist might want to take digital X-rays to get a better look at the tooth and the roots underneath. The images will be an aid to the dentist to discover dental problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
After your child’s dental exam at Big Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, the dental hygienist will start cleaning their teeth by examining the surface of their teeth to see if they have any cavities and to check on the quality of their existing filings if they have any. The dental hygienist will then conduct a periodontal examination to see if your child’s gums are adhering to their teeth tightly, and no bone loss or periodontal disease is going on in your child’s mouth.
The hygienist will start cleaning your teeth carefully with an array of tools to get rid of any hard mineral buildup (tartar) that has been building up, from your teeth. Then the hygienist will floss their teeth, apply a polishing compound, and then use fluoride.
Cleanings are not painful, so please reassure your child of this ahead of time. If your child has any anxieties about their dental examination or the cleaning, let the hygienist know ahead of time. They can offer sedation options so that your child will be comfortable.
If your child’s hygienist or dentist happens to find gum disease or tooth decay, they will probably discuss with you about your child’s flossing and brushing habits. If the case is severe, they might even recommend other dental treatments or antibiotics. However, if your gums and teeth seem to be healthy, your dentist will most likely recommend your child to continue flossing and brushing as you are now.
Here at Big Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we want to make sure you and your child as comfortable as possible while receiving the latest advances in technology there is to offer. Book an appointment with our dentist near you in Milford, CT for your kids now!