Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines. Our primary goal for your children’s dental development is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
Routine dental cleanings and exams are important for your child to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent decay and disease. During the exam a dental hygienist will discuss your child’s oral hygiene routine and will educate you and your child on good brushing and flossing habits and on what foods and drinks are best for your child’s teeth. They will also perform a professional cleaning where your child’s teeth will be polished and scaled to remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. Because mineralized plaque can develop despite good brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach, we follow the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and recommend that your child see us for a cleaning and exam once every six months.
In addition to the cleaning, your child will also receive a concentrated fluoride treatment to help their teeth stay strong. State-of-the-art digital dental x-rays will be taken as needed during their routine cleaning appointments to check for cavities in between their teeth, survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Following the cleaning, fluoride treatment and x-rays, Dr. Mannella, Dr. Giancona or Dr. Russo will review any new x-rays, examine your child’s mouth visually for problems and discuss any issues that may need further treatment.
Our dental exams and cleanings are done with not only your child’s oral care in mind but also with the goal of making the dental visit a positive emotional experience for your child as well. We know that early first dental experiences shape a child’s future attitude toward their oral care, and our mission is to start every child off on the right path to a lifetime of good oral care.
Why regular dental cleanings are important:
- Promotes healthy gums.
- Eliminates halitosis (bad breath).
- Helps maintain a white and a cheerful smile.
- Helps promote a healthy dental lifestyle.
- Helps in the early detection of oral problems.
- Helps prevent oral cancer.