Be Proactive About Your Child’s Health With Periodic Dental Check-Ups
One of the keys to great oral health is ongoing visits to the dentist for preventative care and detection of issues early on. In addition, your child’s first dental x-ray can be an exciting and illuminating experience as they get to use a power normally reserved for superheroes to peer through their skin and flesh and learn more about the inner workings of their body.
Dental Exams and Check-Ups for Kids
Our goal is to detect any problems early, allowing your child to get treatment when it will be most effective and before any significant damage is done.
We also work hard to foster great brushing and flossing habits at an early age for lifelong oral health.
Some children are hesitant to go to the dentist, either due to popular conceptions of the dentist’s office being a scary place or simply because they do not like being around strangers. However, taking your child to the dentist early and with frequency can help them overcome these ideas.
The Importance of Preventative Dental Care for Children
Your child’s oral health can have far-reaching effects on the rest of their well-being. Preventive care is essential to avoiding gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, poor oral health may significantly affect their mental and cardiovascular health and may have further effects science is just now beginning to understand.
What to Expect for Your Child’s Dental Exam
During your child’s dental exam, they’ll receive a cleaning which will remove any plaque build-ups and stains. They will also be checked for cavities and signs of gum disease. Our dentist or assistant will ask some general questions about your child’s oral hygiene and will show them ways to properly brush and floss. In addition, we’ll take a look at your child’s teeth and can see if they are at risk of problems later on.
Arctic Dental can help your child form good habits that can save them from preventable problems later in life.
Your child may also receive x-rays, which can serve in detecting underlying problems and provide a reference point for future visits. An x-ray can reveal any hidden problems that might be lurking within your child’s mouth, such as misaligned teeth or cavities. An x-ray is a low-impact way to get an advance warning of any issues and can be a powerful tool to help preserve your child’s overall dental health.
Your child may also receive a fluoride treatment, which can help to remineralize their teeth and protect against cavities and tooth decay.
How Often to Set Up Dentist Appointments for Dental Check-Ups
For most children, biannual dental appointments along with regular flossing and brushing are all they need to maintain excellent oral health. However, if your child has or is susceptible to cavities or gum disease, they may require a dental appointment every three to four months. Trust your dentist’s recommendations for the best solutions to your child’s situation.
At Arctic Dental, we focus on providing pediatric dental care to children and families throughout the greater Muscatine area. Dr. Jarod knows the value of cultivating healthy oral health habits and makes sure that every child who walks through his doors leaves knowing the value and importance of developing them. He does everything he can to make sure your child can keep their smile healthy for life.
*Accepting new patients from Muscatine and areas near West Liberty, Columbus Junction, Wapello, Tipton, Wilton, Durant, Stockton, Walcott, Blue Grass.