A child's dental appointment involves many of the same elements as an adult dental appointment, with a few small differences. Here, our Lethbridge dentists explain what to expect during your child’s dental appointment.
During a typical dental appointment, the dentist or dental hygienist will perform a thorough 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
The dentist will also examine your child’s teeth, gums, the interior of the mouth, and the jaw for any problems, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Oral abnormalities
- Misalignments of the teeth or jaw
To help find problems that are not visible to the naked eye, the dentist or hygienist will occasionally perform an X-ray on your child’s teeth.
The dentist will only perform an X-ray when necessary. Their frequency depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- Your child’s general oral health
- Risk for dental disease
- Stage of oral development
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.
During your child’s dental appointment, your dentist will discuss your child’s fluoride needs with you, and together you'll settle on a course of fluoride delivery. This may include in-office fluoride treatments or fluoride products like toothpaste and mouthwash.
Tips & Techniques
The dentist or hygienist will end the appointment by reviewing proper at-home dental hygiene with you and your child (if your child is old enough to understand).
This will include tips and advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques, oral health-friendly dietary information, and much more.
They will also address any questions or concerns you have about 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 can book this appointment at our office, or call us any time.