Do you have little ones returning to school? If so, why not schedule a back-to-school visit before their schedules become filled with classes and extracurricular activities? A routine visit can ensure children in Independence, MO, enjoy healthier smiles before they start their classes. What happens during a kid’s checkup and cleaning visit?
Exams and Cleanings for Little Smiles
Just like you, kids benefit from having their teeth examined and cleaned. An exam involves a visual scan and the use of advanced technology to help identify problem areas, such as indicators of cavities, gingivitis, or developing misalignment. The earlier a problem is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can be administered to prevent complications. We also have a chance to talk to your kids about routine homecare, healthy snack options, and the importance of regular visits. In fact, some studies show regular visits to the dentist help reduce dental anxiety and instill good habits!
We also clean the teeth, which means we use an ultrasonic scaler and manual tool to remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. If left on the teeth, plaque could weaken tooth enamel and inflame gum tissue, leading to higher risks of cavities and gingivitis. The cleaning protects the smile, while also improving brightness and combating bad breath!
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
If we find our child has a high risk of developing cavities, we may suggest a preventive treatment to strengthen their smile. Fluoride is a special mineral that shores up tooth enamel, improving a smile’s natural defenses against cavities. We apply the mineral in a special varnish, the entire process only taking a few minutes. We can offer this in checkup visits every six months. For others, we may recommend placing a dental sealant, which is a special acrylic coating we add to the rear teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, keeping food from becoming trapped between the rear molars, which kids often find difficult to reach when brushing and flossing!
Improving Oral Hygiene From Home
In addition to regular visits, little ones need to floss every night before bed, and brush their teeth for two minutes when they wake up and again before going to sleep. We also suggest cutting back on sugary and starchy snacks, and enjoying water in lieu of sodas or energy drinks. With a healthier diet comes a reduced risk of tooth decay!
Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today
We want to help you and your children enjoy healthy smiles for years to come. For more information on our approach to children’s and family dentistry, then schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.