Dental Exams and X-Rays
Routine dental exams are important in maintaining your child’s healthy teeth and gums. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends that people of all ages have a checkup done twice a year. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage. This can help to avoid potentially costly treatments later on.
What to expect:
The dentist will first examine your child’s mouth visually. They will be looking for any cracked and/or decayed teeth, as well as reviewing other important items such as:
- Medical history review: The dentist will assess if and how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your child’s dental health.
- Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of periodontal disease.
- Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations are made sure to be in good order.
Additionally, your child may need to take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.