Pediatric dental exams
Boca Raton Pediatric Dentist
What are pediatric dental exams?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that infants (and parents) be scheduled for an initial oral evaluation visit within six months of the eruption of the first primary tooth but by no later than 12 months of age. Pediatric exams are done in our office in a safe, comfortable, and relaxed manner. We use kid-friendly terminology at all times to reduce fear and anxiety for your children. By bringing your child into the office regularly, it helps them to develop good habits that can carry into their adulthood.
Why are pediatric dental exams needed?
A pediatric exam is useful for a variety of different reasons. First, these exams allow us to monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile. We can determine if their primary or baby teeth are coming in correctly and identify orthodontic problems before they become a major issue. Likewise, these exams can spot early problems like cavities, so that treatment is easier and more effective.
How often should pediatric dental exams be done?
We recommend bringing your child into our office once every six months for an exam. These exams are done quickly and easily, and we can offer other preventative care options to keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy. These other treatment options include sealants and fluoride. With consistent at-home care and routine professional exams, your child will have a full and healthy smile for life.
What can you and your child expect during pediatric dental exams?
We will greet your child and have them sit comfortably in one of our examination rooms. We understand that children often feel nervous and scared when visiting the dentist. This is why we take every step possible to ensure their time with us is comfortable and incredibly relaxed. Dr. Popper will quickly yet thoroughly examine your child’s teeth. Any work needing to be done will be noted and discussed after the exam. Fluoride may be added to your child’s teeth to keep them strong. Fluoride treatments take just seconds, and your child will be unable to eat or drink anything for about 30 minutes following their appointment.
If your child is in need of a dental exam and you want to benefit from coming to an office with low wait times, call us today to speak with one of our helpful staff members.