Child’s Dental Exam: Things We’re Checking

Child's Dental Exam: Things We're CheckingThe American Dental Association recommends that everyone, that includes adults and children, should receive routine dental exams at least twice a year or every six months. If you think that a child’s smile is already pretty healthy or that they have impermanent teeth, you may be wondering what the purpose of routine dental exams is. Visits to the dentist are important for children as they give the dentist an opportunity to check on any hygiene-related issues, the state of the smile’s health, and make sure everything is growing and functioning properly. If you have any questions about children’s dentistry, be sure to call our office in Galveston, TX.  

Hygiene Issues

The most common issue for a child’s smile is tooth decay and cavities. This can usually be prevented with good, effective oral hygiene. The problem is that children sometimes lack the motor skills to do a really good job cleaning their smile. While they may be saying “all done!” to brushing and flossing their teeth, they may be leaving harmful bacteria in their mouth. At a dental exam, the dentist can notice any patterns that may be related to hygiene. The dentist can educate both you, the parent, and your child about how to do the best smile clean possible!

State of the Smile

It is important to deal with smile issues early. If there are cavities or signs of gum disease that are left untreated, they can progress into more serious stages. A dental exam allows for the dentist to make sure any problems are dealt with appropriately.

Functionality

Routine dental exams set a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. If the bite is not properly working, any teeth are not doing their job, or if the bite is misaligned, it is best to find the issue early in life. Your dentist checks to make sure everything is growing in properly and operating at optimal functionality for a healthy smile.

Do you have questions about your child’s dental exam?

Routine exams are important for checking on dental health. To schedule a consultation call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.