Regular dental exams for children are a critical part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, a dental hygienist will clean your child’s teeth and evaluate their risk of tooth decay. The exam could also include applying a sealant or fluoride to reduce the risk of decay, a dental X-ray, or other diagnostic procedures.
Routine cleanings should begin as soon your child’s first teeth come in. Teeth cleaning procedures may include a dental exam, removal of plaque, a check for cavities, floss and remove tartar, polish and clean your child’s teeth, and X-rays as needed.
It is essential to establish a proper oral hygiene routine early in life to help ensure the development of strong and healthy teeth. Poor diet, poor habits of food intake and inadequate toothbrushing habits during the first 2 years of life have been shown to be related to tooth decay in children. A parents role in setting a daily toothbrushing routine and helping their children understand the importance of oral hygiene can not be understated.