Preventive and Diagnostic Services
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation, a thorough examination of the mouth, head, and neck is performed to detect abnormalities.
Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Advances in technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by the dentist and the patient.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
During a regular check-up, oral hygiene instructions are given to both patient and parent. Good home care can reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to cavities. Instructions include proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinses.
BPA Free Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are made of a BPA-free resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Custom Sports Mouthguards
Many sports require athletes to use a Mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums while practicing and playing. A properly fitting mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Our office can create a custom mouthguard that is uniquely fitted to your child's mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection.
Be sure to bring your child's mouthguard to their dental appointments so we can check its fit and form.
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventive and Diagnostic Services
What is Preventive Dentistry and why is it important?
Preventive dentistry refers to a collection of procedures and treatments that are done for the purpose of preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. Professional dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and custom mouth guards are all examples of preventive services.
How often should my child go to the dentist for routine dental appointments?
Along with most dentists and dental professionals, we recommend routine cleanings and dental exams every 6 months. This is the timing that works best for the average child to prevent tooth decay and other dental and oral health problems.
Does dental insurance cover preventive and diagnostic services?
Most dental insurance plans cover routine dental cleanings and exams twice a year and diagnostic X-Rays once a year. Plans and providers vary, so it is always best to check prior to your child’s dental appointment if cost and coverage is a concern.
Are X-Rays safe for my child?
Dental X-Rays use a minimal amount of radiation that is not harmful to children. Children are covered with a protective barrier during all imaging procedures. We believe that the benefits of the images dental X-rays provide outweigh any potential risks.
Does my child need a mouth guard to play sports?
The level of risk for dental trauma depends on the sport your child plays and the condition of their teeth. Children should be required to wear a mouthguard for high contact sports and we recommend wearing one for low contact sports. Any sport where children are running around and/or playing with a ball could result in dental trauma.
Contact us at 845-928-2206 to schedule your appointment.