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Dental Exams and Cleanings

Preventing Problems Before They Start

The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of his or her entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months to ensure their teeth stay healthy and smile remains beautiful.

By routinely seeing us for exams and cleanings, your son or daughter can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Have white teeth by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in the dentist’s office
  • Enjoy owning a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

During your child’s exam, Dr. Jensen will thoroughly examine the teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. The doctor recommends taking X-rays annually to identify the start of cavities in their early stage.

If one is detected early, we can recommend home care products and techniques to help prevent the spread of the incipient lesion into a larger cavity that needs treatment. The images provided will help Dr. Jensen discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Professional Cleanings

The dental hygienist will begin your youngster’s cleaning by exploring the surfaces of the teeth to determine any enamel defects or areas to monitor. She will also check your little one’s teeth for existing sealants and/or recommend sealants on teeth that are specifically “groovy” and susceptible to decay.

Next, the hygienist will carefully clean your child’s teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from the teeth. Then the hygienist will polish and floss your child’s teeth.

Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if your child has any dental anxiety, be sure to let us know. If Dr. Jensen or the hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, we will talk to you about changing your child’s brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, our team may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments.