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4 Things Parents Can Do At Their Child's Dental Exam

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Pediatric dental exams are a great opportunity for parents and kids to stay on top of their dental care. Regular dental care from an early age can help kids grow up with healthy teeth and gums. Pediatric dentists can provide specialized care for toddlers, kids, and teens. Here are four things you can do at your child's next pediatric dental exam.

1. Ensure that your child's teeth are professionally cleaned.

 Adults and children alike require biannual dental cleanings. These professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth. Professional dental cleaning is especially important for children who may not be dexterous or mature enough to perfectly clean their teeth on their own. In addition to flossing and polishing your child's teeth, a pediatric dentist can also explain the importance of good oral hygiene to kids.

2. Make sure that your child's teeth are growing healthily.

Children are born with a set of primary teeth that will eventually fall out and make way for their permanent teeth. In most cases, permanent teeth grow in without the need for dentist intervention. In some cases, however, crowding in the mouth can lead to improperly aligned teeth and even dental impaction. Your child's dentist can keep an eye on their tooth growth through annual x-rays and biannual exams. If your child's pediatric dentist believes they need orthodontic treatment, they can refer you to a specialist.

3. Get dental sealants for your child.

Kids may be more prone to getting cavities than adults due to their predilection for sweets and the likelihood of improper tooth care. It's important that cavities are treated promptly to avoid pain and infection, including cavities found in primary teeth, but it's always better to prevent cavities when possible. You can help your child prevent cavities by having dental sealants put on their teeth. Dental sealants are clear coatings that are painted over a child's molars. Sealants are hardened using blue light, forming an invisible barrier that can keep plaque and bacteria from eating away at your child's teeth.

4. Have a mouthguard made for your child. 

Many kids engage in sports, such as soccer and football. Sporting activities can be healthy for your child's body and mind, but they can also pose a risk to your child's teeth. Mouthguards are a great preventative measure for kids who play sports. During a pediatric exam, your child's dentist can fit your child for a custom mouthguard that will protect their teeth while they play. 

For more information on pediatric dental exams, contact a company near you.