We follow the American Academy of Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines for taking dental X-rays. Dental x-rays will be taken as needed during their routine cleaning appointments to check for cavities in between their teeth, survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. We will always minimize your child’s radiation exposure by providing 100% digital equipment that uses 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays and prescribing x-rays on an individual basis which depends on your child’s individual risk factors for oral disease. Your child will also wear a lead body apron with a thyroid collar during the process. If you have any concerns about x-rays for your child, please discuss them with our staff.
Dental Cleanings and Hygiene Instructions
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child see a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. Establishing a dental home early will encourage healthy habits that last a lifetime and ensure that your child receives preventive care. Routine dental cleanings and exams are important for your child to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay and disease. Your daily home care is also critical, but the professional cleanings remove mineralized plaque that can develop despite good brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach.
The last and best part of your child’s routine cleaning appointment is a thorough examination with either Dr. Loren or Dr. Natasha. They take the time to get to know every child and form lasting relationships with your child.
The exam includes visual examination of your child’s teeth and mouth, “counting” and “exploring” your child’s teeth and talking to your child about their teeth and hygiene. If your child has decay or other problems requiring treatment, the dentist will discuss them with you and a treatment appointment will be set for a later date.
Goody Bags and Prizes
Positive attitudes and feelings toward the dental visit are encouraged. We strive to make each visit fun and have our patients leave happy. Your child will leave the office with a new cool toothbrush and great flavored toothpaste as well as an awesome prize.