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Dental Cleanings & Exams for Children in San Antonio, TX

No matter how well your little one takes care of their teeth at home, we always recommend that patients visit us at least twice per year for a routine pediatric teeth cleaning and exam. Regular pediatric dental check-ups help kids get used to visiting the dentist and reduce the chance that they will develop advanced dental problems that are more invasive and costly to treat. To schedule an appointment with our team, please give our office a call or send us a message through our virtual contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly!

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Why are routine cleanings necessary for kids?

Regular dental cleanings involve gently scraping away plaque from hard-to-reach areas, which helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The teeth are then polished with a special gritty toothpaste and expertly flossed. Your child’s dentist will then examine their teeth and gums for any potential issues and take X-rays if necessary. Routine appointments are also when dental sealants can be applied and fluoride treatments can be performed to help your child’s teeth stay as clean and healthy as possible.

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How can I prepare my child for their first visit?

If your child is coming to visit our office for the first time and you know that they tend to get nervous in new situations, there are a few things you can do to make their first visit with us easier. You are welcome to bring your child in for a quick tour of our office before their first appointment to meet the friendly faces that they will be seeing when they come in for their actual appointment. We always recommend that parents speak to their children about dentistry in a positive way, and our team is always happy to have conversations with children about our office and treatments.

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Are baby teeth really important?

Even though your child will lose their baby teeth, it is important to take care of them to help them maintain positive oral health throughout childhood and into adulthood. Adult teeth develop very close to the roots of baby teeth, so if tooth decay or infection affects a baby tooth, it can easily affect the adult tooth underneath as well. When children visit the dentist regularly and learn the importance of taking care of their teeth from a young age, they are more likely to continue visiting the dentist as adults and keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Did you know that kids should begin visiting the dentist around the time they turn one year old? Schedule your child’s next pediatric dental checkup with our office today!

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