If you forget to schedule your child’s dental exam, you’re not alone. Many parents wait until an oral issue arises before they remember to schedule their kid’s dental cleaning. Manhasset, NY pediatric dentist Dr. Kimmy recommends that parents make an appointment before their elementary school kid begins the new school year. She encourages parents to schedule their child’s dental exam when they make back-to-school checkups at the doctor’s office.
At a dental exam, Dr. Kimmy will perform a visual inspection of your son or daughter’s mouth. She will examine teeth and gums, as well as the head and neck. If she finds any abnormalities, such as cavities or inflamed gums, she will recommend appropriate treatment.
Schedule your kid’s dental cleaning before he goes back to school, call 516-365-4KID. Dr. Kimmy has years of experience working with children. She makes dental exams fun and educational for little ones and adults. Contact our Manhasset, NY office today.
The Purpose of Dental Cleanings
Children under the age of six often forget to clean their back molars. Slightly older children (7-12 years old) don’t always brush and floss as often, or as well, as they should. A dental exam and cleaning is important to thoroughly remove harmful substances that cause decay and cavities. At your kid’s dental cleaning, Dr. Kimmy will perform hands-on demonstrations about proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Flossing is commonly overlooked, yet it’s incredibly important for removing bacteria and food particles. Dr. Kimmy has interesting tips and tricks to make flossing fun for kids.
At the cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove plaque (the sticky substance on teeth), tartar (hardened plaque), and food particles. If your son or daughter suffers from stinky breath, removing food particles will improve this issue.
When to Schedule the Appointment
Many parents often wonder what the best time of day is to schedule their child’s dental exam. Dr. Kimmy recommends making the appointment when your child is at their happiest. She encourages parents to steer clear of appointment times that interfere with naps and meals. These two factors lead to cranky kids, which results in an unpleasant dental visit for parents and little ones.
Our dental office uses digital x-rays because they produce lower levels of radiation. In fact, when compared to traditional x-rays, digital radiographs emit 80-90 percent less radiation. X-rays are an essential part of your child’s dental exam. The images help Dr. Kimmy create an accurate diagnosis, that’s based on facts rather than assumptions.
Digital x-rays depict teeth that haven’t erupted yet, which provides useful information for wisdom teeth removal for adolescent patients. For elementary school patients, x-rays can reveal early signs of tooth decay. When decay is between two teeth, it’s hard to detect during a visual examination. Dr. Kimmy uses digital radiographs to create appropriate treatment plans.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dental disease is responsible for 51 million hours of missed school. Dr. Kimmy encourages parents to schedule dental exams and cleanings every six months to prevent missed school hours.
Along with providing the safest treatment options, our office is set up to accommodate children. We have fun games and the best kid movies playing in the waiting room to entertain our little patients while they wait to see Dr. Kimmy.Leave a reply →