Dental health is important at every age. By bringing your child to the dentist early, you can prevent common oral health issues like cavities. Routine six-month visits are also a great opportunity to teach kids about dentistry, and encourage good oral hygiene habits.
Schedule a consultation at Arlington Dental Group today, and see how Dr. Michael C. Fair Jr. and Dr. Hetal Vaidya can help keep your child’s mouth healthy as they grow.
X-rays are usually only recommended if your child is 2-3 years old or older. X-rays are an important part of children’s dentistry. They allow Dr. Fair and Dr. Vaidya to look below the surface, and look for signs that may indicate hidden oral health and development issues.
After your child’s hygienist takes their x-rays, they will perform a gentle teeth cleaning. Your child’s hygienist will clean plaque and tartar buildup from their teeth, polish their teeth with a special brush, and then floss to make sure their mouth is squeaky-clean.
Next, Dr. Fair or Dr. Vaidya will enter the room to perform a gentle oral exam on your child and examine their x-rays to look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and issues with their oral development.
Dr. Fair or Dr. Vaidya will also check your child’s facial structure for any complications, such as an undeveloped jaw or any breathing disorders. Monitoring proper facial growth is key in ensuring your child has a comprehensively healthy smile for years to come.
If your child’s mouth is healthy, you’ll just schedule their next six-month checkup. If there are any issues that require further treatment, Dr. Fair or Dr. Vaidya will discuss them with you, and schedule any necessary follow-ups.
Your child’s mouth changes a lot as they grow. Seeing a dentist throughout their childhood helps you track your little one’s oral development, and look for issues like crooked teeth or teeth that don’t erupt properly. If your Upper Arlington dentist notices any problems, they can recommend corrective treatment like orthodontics. Early intervention always ensures the best results.
At Arlington Dental Group, we focus on complete health dentistry for kids and adults in Upper Arlington. The mouth and the body are connected, and this is as true in kids as it is in teenagers, adults, and seniors.
When your child has a “dental home” that they visit as they grow, their dentist will be able to build a real relationship with them. Your child’s dentist will learn about the unique dental challenges they face, and build a plan that will ensure your little one’s smile stays healthy.
With routine visits to our office, you’re doing more than just setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. You’re helping them protect their whole-body health for the years and decades to come.
If you have dental insurance, it covers the cost of six-month teeth cleanings and oral exams, yearly x-rays, and most other types of preventive care for kids. This means that you’ll pay less for the dental care that your child needs in Upper Arlington.
And even if you don’t have insurance, children’s dentistry helps you save time and money. When your child sees Dr. Fair or Dr. Vaidya regularly for teeth cleanings and oral exams, our team can recognize the early signs of issues like cavities, and intervene to protect your child’s oral health.
Not only does this save you time and stress, but it saves you money, too. For example, treating a cavity early with a filling eliminates the need for a more complex, costly treatment, such as a dental crown.