Annual Dental Checkups
When the time comes for?their annual dental checkup, it’s easy to put it off, if your children?aren’t having any problems, so making time for their checkup isn’t a priority.? Their yearly dental checkup, however, isn’t about making their pediatric dentist aware of problems that have cropped up since their last visit. It’s also about looking for problems that you haven’t spotted yet and helping prevent future issues. At their routine dental checkup, their pediatric dentist will:
- Take x-rays of their teeth and examine them. Their x-rays don’t just tell their pediatric dentist whether or not they?have cavities. They’re also a great source of information about potential bone loss, tooth positioning problems, and warnings of cysts and other problems.
- Check out their crowns, fillings, and other dental implants. Even if they’ve taken perfect care of their teeth, problems can occur over time as fillings work loose or new decay makes its way in under the existing filling.
- Thoroughly clean their teeth. No matter how well they?brush, there will be times when they?miss spots, particularly between their teeth. Letting their pediatric dentist take care of this ensures that their smile will stay bright for a long time to come.
- Screens them?for oral cancer.
Their annual dental exam is one of the most important parts of their regular health care and shouldn’t be avoided no matter how inconvenient it might seem. Are they?a little behind on your regular dental exams? Feeling embarrassed about how long it’s been since their?last appointment? Just imagine how much more embarrassed you’ll be if you put it off for another year.