During a checkup, your dentist will look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and enamel wear as well as using diagnostic tools to evaluate the health of tooth roots and jaw tissues beneath the surface. This diagnostic imaging can be incredibly helpful for revealing congenital and developmental issues that may need the attention of an oral surgeon or orthodontist. Both adults and children can develop different common oral health conditions due to diet and poor oral hygiene practices.
When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums clean, dental hygiene visits are important – especially for young patients who can have a hard time reaching their back teeth while brushing and flossing. Cleanings are both gentle and non-invasive and are great for preserving gum health and cleaning around the teeth so that tartar and plaque accumulation are controlled. No matter how well you clean your teeth at home, they will still develop tartar that will need to be removed. Tartar is a form of calcified plaque that cannot be removed by brushing or flossing and must be removed with professional grade dental instruments.
Children should receive two cleanings and checkups per year.