Kids Complete Checkups and Cleanings
No matter how often your child brushes their teeth, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up. A professional teeth cleaning is the most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. With a small mirror, the dental hygienist will use a hand-held instrument called a “scaler” to get rid of plaque and tartar found around the gum line, as well as in between the teeth. Mention to the child that they will hear some scraping sounds, which is normal. A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Complete Check Ups with Oral Cancer Screening:
It is highly recommended that children have their teeth cleaned every six months. An oral cancer screening can be performed during the child’s visit. The dentist will visually examine the inside of the child’s mouth for signs of oral cancer such as red, white or swollen bumps, rough patches, discoloration in the mouth, asymmetry of the face and other irregularities.
X-rays are an important part of preventive care. It allows your dentist to catch problems that may be lurking beneath the surface. Fortunately, these days, there’s a better alternative to traditional x-rays. Using digital radiography, the dentist can get a more accurate image of your child’s teeth and oral structures without exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Even better, these images are readily available, and transferred to a computer screen where the dentist can show you just what’s going on inside your child’s mouth. Digital x-rays are a safer, faster, and more effective method of radiography—and because the images are digital, it’s more environmentally friendly.
DIAGNOdent technology in detecting cavities in children:
Children’s teeth are especially more vulnerable to decay. They are much less experienced at brushing properly and are more prone to enjoying sugary snacks. Therefore, maintaining their oral health is often a mix of preventing and treating cavities. However, there is still the issue of “hidden” cavities in children, which form deep inside the tooth. DIAGNOdent is an advanced technology that eliminates the difficult task of detecting cavities using only the human eye. This system assists the dentist in detecting cavities using laser technology. The laser allows the dentist to examine the inside of the tooth to detect decay earlier than has ever been possible. With DIAGNOdent, parents can rest assured that any and all tooth decay will be found and treated as early as possible.
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