Adult and Child Exams
No matter how diligent you are with regular brushing and flossing at home, some dental tartar and plaque can be difficult to remove, gradually building up on the teeth and under the gum line throughout the year. For all patients, a regular examination is crucial to maintaining good oral health and forms the cornerstone of our preventative in-office care. Typically, this thorough examination and cleaning of the entire oral cavity is recommended twice a year for most patients—or every three to four months for patients with periodontitis—as an important way to refresh your smile health.
Taking time to visit your dentist twice a year for your general examination effectively removes tartar and plaque buildup from both above and below the gum line, improving your oral health and leaving your teeth polished and healthy. Not only can this exam prevent or stop the progression of periodontal disease and other dental problems, but it can also minimize unsightly staining on teeth and remove food particles trapped below the gum line that cause bad breath. A general exam is also the perfect time to speak with your dentist, learn about any oral problems you might be facing, discuss ways to improve your health, and share your unique smile goals with Dr. Bowen or Dr. Gehlert.
When should I take my child for their first exam?
For children, the first general examination is typically recommended within six months after their first tooth comes in, but no later than one year after their birth. It’s crucial to begin a preventative oral health plan for your child early, since poor oral hygiene can lead to problems with premature baby tooth loss and affect adult tooth health. Plus, we find that the earlier children are brought in for their first examination, the less nervous they tend to be. We love working with children and always ensure that they feel comfortable and excited about their treatment. We look forward to not only helping children learn how to care for their smiles, but to also enjoy doing it!
For more information about our adult and child general examinations or to schedule your next appointment with us, call us today.