Dental Cleanings & Exams

in Austin, TX!

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Regular dental cleanings and exams are some of the best preventative measures you can take to keep your child’s teeth healthy and squeaky-clean. We offer a pediatric dental exam Austin kids love, because our focus is always on making sure they are comfortable and at-ease while they’re in our office. Ready to schedule an appointment? Give us a call and our team will be more than happy to assist you!

When should I take my child for their first exam?

We recommend that you schedule your child’s first dentist appointment around their first birthday or when their first baby tooth grows in, whichever happens first.

How often should I take my kid for an exam?

Children should have regular biannual dentist appointments just like adults do. Creating good oral hygiene habits from a young age can really help kids later in life, as they will become accustomed to visiting the dentist regularly. Any dental problems that arise will also be diagnosed and treated sooner rather than later.

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Is fluoride safe for my child?

While we often think of fluoride as an ingredient in toothpaste or a treatment at the dentist, fluoride is a mineral that is also found naturally in soil, water, and air. Many cities add small quantities of fluoride to their water supply to improve the dental health of their residents.

Safety concerns regarding fluoride usually revolve around consuming too much of it. This is why you can drink fluoridated water but you should not swallow fluoridated toothpaste, as it contains a higher concentration of fluoride. In general, fluoride is safe for children as long as they are not ingesting large quantities of it.

Young Patient and Hygienist at the Pediatric Dentist in South Austin

What is the dental cleaning and exam process?

Dental cleanings usually begin with the hygienist inspecting the child’s teeth and gums before using a tooth scraper to remove plaque buildup. Next, they will deep clean the teeth by brushing and flossing them thoroughly, paying special attention to the hard-to-reach areas.

Your child may also have sealants or fluoride applied to their teeth as an additional measure to prevent tooth decay. They will be scheduled for routine X-rays at certain appointments to get a better picture of their oral health.

Finally, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth to either diagnose and recommend treatments for any problems, or send them home with a high-five and a thumbs-up.

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