Dental Exams and Cleanings

Do you remember your first dental exam and dental cleaning? Probably not, and that can make it tough to choose a pediatric dentist.

Pediatric dentistry is often very different from adult dentistry. For starters, it’s faster, much more comfortable and a lot more fun. The average dental cleaning varies by child (and is often dictated by age), but deep cleanings are rarely necessary. Instead, visual and manual dental exams are the main part of the checkup. Next, teeth are polished, a fluoride treatment is provided if the parent OKs it, and voila! Kids get their free goodies and they’re off.

But a lot more than that goes into a pediatric dental exam. Before the physical exam begins, kids get a full set of digital X-rays taken. These are fast and pain-free, and putting that big apron on can definitely make any kid feel like a superhero. Digital X-rays are safer than traditional X-rays and provide nearly instant results. This means your dentist can show you and your children exactly what’s happening inside their mouths.

A Lesson Everyone Can Learn

Everyone, adults included, can benefit from the occasional brushing and flossing refresher course. In fact, most people, regardless of age, can do a better job brushing. You need the right type of toothbrush and you need to use the right angle and the right skills.

At Kids & Family Dental, your dentist or hygienist will go over brushing and flossing techniques, provide demonstrations and fit your family members with the best type of toothbrush for them. Practice makes perfect, so this is definitely a lesson parents are encouraged to participate in as well.

Right before the exam, younger patients who are wary about their visit are given the chance to ask questions, touch the tools and find out exactly what each one does. Those shiny silver tools can look intimidating if you don’t know what they’re for. However, just like anything else that’s unknown, de-mystifying them can put you at ease. When you find out that the loud tool is just a water spritzer, suddenly it’s not scary anymore.

Clean Up!

Establishing a regimented dental routine, including exams and in-office dental cleanings, helps set your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth. At Kids & Family Dental, we have proudly served Albany, New York, area families for many years, and are looking forward to starting a new relationship with you. Call our office today to schedule a consultation or cleaning for your family.