While a child's dental appointment consists of lots of the same factors as an adult's appointment, there are a handful of differences. In this blog, our Saskatoon dentists discuss what you can expect when you bring your child in for their dental appointment.
During a general dental appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist will conduct a comprehensive professional dental cleaning on your child's teeth. This procedure is the same whether your child has primary or adult teeth.
The cleaning will include scaling to remove any tartar build-up, professional flossing, and polishing.
The dentist will also examine your child’s teeth, gums, the interior of the mouth, and the jaw for any problems, such as gingivitis, tooth decay, oral abnormalities, and misalignments of the teeth or jaw.
To uncover issues that aren't visible to the naked eye, your dentist or hygienist will sometimes conduct X-rays of your child’s teeth.
Your dentist will only implement an X-ray when it's needed. How often your child will require an X-ray depends on a variety of elements, including your child’s general oral health, stage of oral development, and risk for dental disease.
Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. Fluoride is important for oral health and development because it strengthens tooth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay. It can even reverse decay that has already begun to develop in some cases.
Getting enough fluoride is important for everyone, but especially for children because their teeth are still growing and developing.
At your child’s dental appointment, your dentist will talk to you about your child’s fluoride requirements, and together you'll determine a course of fluoride delivery. This could consist of in-office fluoride treatments or fluoride products such as mouthwash and toothpaste.
Tips & Techniques
The dentist or hygienist will conclude the appointment by reviewing proper at-home dental hygiene with you and your child (if your child is old enough to understand).
This will consist of advice and tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques, oral health-friendly dietary information, and much more.
They will also be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s oral health.
Follow-Up Appointment Scheduling
If your child has a cavity or other oral health problem, our administration team will book a follow-up appointment to monitor or treat it. You are able to schedule this appointment at our office or by calling us any time.