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What Happens During My Child's Dental Checkup?

August 31, 2021
Posted By: Valleau, VanDeven & Massie Dentistry for Children
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Twice-yearly checkups help keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy. This includes their baby teeth that act as space holders for adult teeth.

Our Grand Rapids dentists are always happy to answer your question as well.

Your Child’s Dental Checkup

We provide a comprehensive visual exam, x-rays if needed, and check on jaw and tooth development for younger children. Of course, we always share all findings with you as well. And if treatment is needed, we lay out the options to help you make the best choices for your child’s oral health.

For older children, we provide a comprehensive visual exam, x-rays if needed, and check on jaw development. But we also include professional teeth cleanings. This rids your child’s teeth and gums of cavity-causing ingredients, picking up all that their toothbrush leaves behind.

If your child is vulnerable to cavities, their dentist may recommend a dental sealant to lock debris away from teeth. We may also suggest a fluoride treatment to strengthen teeth against breakage.

Why Preventive Dentistry Is Crucial

Dental exams mean your child’s dentist can diagnose conditions in their earliest stages, including tooth decay. It is always better to treat a small filling as opposed to a larger one.

Teeth cleanings can significantly lower your child’s risks for most preventable oral health conditions as well, including:

  • Cavities
  • Oral infections
  • Tooth loss

At-Home Dental Care

We also assist you with your child’s at-home dental care—meaning, we provide all the information you need to assist with brushing and cleaning a young child’s teeth. We also help children transition to independent brushing and flossing when the time is right.

Your child’s dentist in Rockford, MI recommends cleaning your child’s teeth at least twice daily. And kids who brush and floss independently should do so after every meal or at least twice per day for best results.

Contact Our Dental Office Today

If it’s time for your child’s checkup, we look forward to seeing them soon. Contact our Rockford or Grand Rapids clinics today to schedule the right time for their next visit.

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