Happy autumn! Every year during this time, it helps to at least go through a pediatric dentistry checklist to make sure that your child has everything they need. The fall season is a great time to ensure kids have all of the protection they can get before starting sports, going into the holidays, and continuing the school year free of dental symptoms. As we continue through this season, make sure to get the following things addressed and taken care of prior to the rest of the school year:
Pediatric Dentistry Checklist
Dental Cleaning and Examination
This may be one of the most important steps to take! During a pediatric dental cleaning, your child’s dentist will not only do a thorough cleaning of the teeth, but they will also examine the mouth too. The exam allows the pediatric dentist to check for any signs of tooth decay (cavities), presence of concerning symptoms, and/or atypical tooth development (too many or too little teeth, excess crowding, abscesses on the gums, etc.).
Dental Sealant Application
Dental sealants have been proven to prevent cavities by up to 80% when applied to the molars. Sealants are cost-effective and provide years of cavity protection, plus they’re quick and painless to apply.
Dental Hygiene Education
Make sure your kids truly understand the how, what, why, where and when of dental hygiene. Pediatric dentists are trained to properly educate kids using age-appropriate terminology and explanations. Therefore, it’s recommended that parents and kids ask questions during their dental appointment, as having the dentist explain it is a great way to reinforce that knowledge.
Mouthguard and/or Nightguard Fitting
Some children may not be aware that they are grinding their teeth at night, and a quick dental examination can provide them with that answer. If kids are grinding or clenching at night, it’s important to get them fitted for a nightguard to protect the teeth against cracking and/or chipping.
Likewise, when kids are playing sports, their teeth are more likely to be damaged if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards can usually be made within 1-2 visits at the dentist’s office. It’s important that this gets done before the sports season begins, so that kids are protected from day 1.
During a routine dental examination, don’t forget to ask the dentist if there are any signs that your child needs braces or other orthodontic treatment. A child’s dentist will help to address any orthodontic concerns that they can, but they may have to refer your child to an orthodontist for further treatment.
Advanced Children’s Dentistry is home to the most advanced, yet kid-friendly dental technology for an educational and state-of-the-art pediatric dental experience. Schedule an appointment for pediatric dentistry in Garden City, NY at 516-758-KIDS(5437).