Regular dental exams and cleanings, along with good oral care habits, are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. The American Dental Association encourages parents to schedule a comprehensive oral exam and cleaning with a children’s dentist twice per year for optimal oral health. Going to the dentist on a regular basis is the best way to ensure that your child always has a healthy smile.
Preventing Problems Before They Start
At Akron Smiles Dental Center, we prefer to prevent children from having dental problems so that they do not have to spend a lot of time in the dental chair. Periodic office visits can help prevent tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Avoiding serious issues by getting regular dental cleanings means that your child is much less likely to need more extensive treatments and procedures. And, regular cleanings by one of our well-qualified hygienists can help keep your child’s teeth white, as stains from food and drinks can often be greatly reduced.
Comprehensive Oral Exam
Dental exams at Akron Smiles Dental Center first involve a careful visual inspection of the teeth and gums to get an overall picture of your child’s oral health. Next, we will work with your child to obtain x-rays of the mouth, using the latest digital radiography techniques and equipment to pinpoint hidden areas of decay and to detect other dental issues, such as impacted teeth or bone loss. If our comprehensive dental exam shows that your child needs treatment for a cavity, misaligned teeth or any other problem, our team will explain your child’s options. Sometimes terminology and procedure details are difficult for children to understand, so we take great care to use language on your child’s level when discussing upcoming treatment plans.
Professional Dental Cleaning in Ohio
Our hygienists take great satisfaction in helping children maintain healthy smiles with regular professional dental cleanings. Dental cleanings begin with a thorough examination of the gums and teeth, after which tartar buildup is scraped from the surface of the teeth. Flossing is next, then our hygienist cleans the teeth and applies a polishing compound to give your child a bright white smile. Because children can be at high risk for tooth decay and gum disease, we may advise a fluoride treatment or sealant to help protect the teeth. Professional dental cleanings and preventative procedures usually aren’t painful, but if your child is anxious or uncomfortable, we can discuss using nitrous oxide, a safe and effective form of sedation, to help them feel at ease during treatment.
Akron Smiles Dental Center would love to be the dental home for your child’s regular dental exams and cleanings – give us a call or stop in our office today to schedule an office visit with our professional dental team.