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Your Kids Need A Back-To-School Checkup

Are you busy getting your kids ready to head back to school? Don’t forget about their smiles! A checkup and cleaning visit before school starts or early on could ensure they enjoy healthy and bright smiles throughout the school year! In today’s blog, your Ankeny, IA, dentist talks about children’s dentistry and back-to-school dental exams!

The Checkup Process

A dental exam involves the use of a digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to gather detailed high-definition images of your child’s smile, including the teeth, roots, jaw, and oral structures. These systems use a fraction of the radiation that traditional x-rays do, and provide the images instantly chairside, limiting how long your child waits in a chair. We use them to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, so we can identify and address concerns before your little one starts school, or in the first few days of school.

Cleaning Little Smiles

In the same visit, our team will conduct a dental cleaning for your children. While brushing and flossing control plaque and tartar buildup, only a cleaning can remove these layers from the surfaces of your teeth. The process is a simple one. We use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to gently remove all plaque and tartar. We then polish the teeth, which brightens them and also limits how easily plaque and tartar can attach to the teeth before the next cleaning visit. This fights tooth decay and gingivitis, and also improves breath freshness and limits teeth stains.

Preventing Cavities

Our team could also provide treatments designed to help prevent cavities. During each six-month visit, we can apply topical fluoride gel to the teeth to strengthen the enamel, particularly the weakened portions that could otherwise lead to decay. The process only takes a few minutes! We also have dental sealants for the rear teeth, which are more difficult for kids to reach when they brush and floss. The layers coat the rear molars and prevent food and drink particles from being stuck there, fighting the onset of cavities. They can even stay in place for up to ten years, wearing away gradually with time and clinging the longest to the more vulnerable parts of outer structure.

You can also help your kids by ensuring they brush and floss properly each day, we can offer advice in this area too. If you have any questions about protecting little smiles from tooth decay, then contact our team today.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA, Dentist About Children’s Dentistry

We want to help your kids enjoy good oral health before school begins! If you would like to learn more about children’s dentistry or any other service we offer, please contact your Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office at (515) 207-6182 to schedule a visit.