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 the entire body. Although routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your youngster’s smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.

The American Dental Association recommends your little one visit us every six months to ensure his or her teeth stay healthy and smile remains beautiful.

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

  • Develop a relationship of trust with us
  • Gain confidence and feel comfortable about regular dental visits
  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Avert major dental problems before they begin
  • Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

During your child’s exam, Dr. Verhagen will thoroughly examine the teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. She may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help us discover dental issues not visible in the mouth.

Professional Cleanings

The dentist or dental hygienist will begin your child’s appointment by exploring the surface of the teeth to determine whether there are any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. We will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your child’s gums adhere tightly to the teeth, and no periodontal (gum) disease or bone loss is present.

Next, the dentist or hygienist will provide a thorough teeth cleaning, floss between the teeth, and apply a fluoride varnish.

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