Pediatric Dental Cleanings & Exams
One of the best ways to help your child have a healthy smile is by bringing them to our office twice a year to have their teeth cleaned and examined by our knowledgeable team.
Establishing a dental home for your child from a young age can help them learn about the importance of dentistry so that they don’t even think twice about taking care of their smile. Give our office a call to schedule your child’s next visit today!
How often do kids need to visit the dentist?
Children should visit the dentist for routine checkups and cleanings twice per year, just like adults. They should have regular dental appointments scheduled after their first dental visit, which should occur around the time they turn one or when their first tooth falls out. If your child is over a year old and has not seen a dentist yet, don’t worry! We will be happy to see them at their first appointment with our team.
What happens during a routine visit?
Regular dental cleanings are important for reducing your child’s chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. This part of the appointment involves removing built-up plaque by carefully scraping it away and expertly brushing and flossing the teeth. Dental exams involve examining the teeth, gums, and inside of the mouth for signs of dental issues, taking dental X-rays, and diagnosing and treating dental issues, if necessary.
How long are routine dental visits for kids?
Routine visits can be anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour on average. If your child is receiving additional services like dental sealants, fluoride treatments, or a restorative service like a dental filling, their appointment will likely be closer to an hour or longer. We never want our patients to feel rushed. We set aside time solely for patients and their parents to ask questions, and we always work at a pace that’s comfortable for each child.
Are routine cleanings and exams for kids covered by insurance?
If your child has dental insurance, routine cleanings and dental exams should be completely covered by their dental benefits. Many insurance plans also cover other preventive services like fluoride treatments and dental sealants for kids, which we recommend taking advantage of to help your child avoid tooth decay. If your child does not have dental insurance, our office offers a myriad of other financing options that can be used to cover the cost of their care.Learn More