Are Dental Checkups Any Different for Children?

Everyone should attend dental checkup and cleaning appointments after the age of three years old. For young children just learning to care for their smiles properly, these appointments can prove even more important. At our Galveston, TX, children’s dental office, we’re especially equipped to help prepare children for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. While the frequency of their checkup and cleaning appointments doesn’t differ from that of adults, the focus of each visit is geared toward educating, encouraging, and empowering children to care for their smiles for life.

Prevention relies on frequency

Frequency is one of the most important lessons for children to learn about good hygiene and preventive dental care. That includes brushing their teeth twice and flossing at least once every day, as well as visiting the dentist for routine checkups and cleanings at least once every six months. During each visit, we’ll be sure to emphasize this importance as we educate your child about caring for their smile. We also strive to make each visit fun and comfortable so that children are excited to come back for their next visit!

A strong focus on education

Besides educating kids about the importance of their dental visits, we also emphasize the importance of all things that could affect their dental health at home. For instance, in addition to brushing and flossing their teeth, it’s important to learn to eat and snack responsibly (especially on sugar), or risk increasing their risks of developing cavities. We also take plenty of time and care to ensure that children understand the need for additional treatment, if applicable, and how the treatment will help them keep their smiles healthy.

Treatments designed for children

While dental checkups and cleanings are largely similar for children and adults, personalized treatment options can differ much more. For example, we may recommend boosting your child’s tooth enamel with the help of fluoride treatment, or protecting against plaque better with the help of dental sealants. If tooth decay develops, then we might place a conservative, tooth-colored filling or perform pediatric root canal therapy (pulpotomy) to remove the infected portion of the tooth’s pulp.

Schedule your child’s next checkup

Dental checkups for children aren’t very different from your own checkup appointments. In fact, they’re just as essential to your child’s oral health, and in some cases, even more so. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.