School is back in session. Send your child off to class with a new bookbag, fresh pencils and a healthy smile. Some schools require a back-to-school dental exam. Still, it’s always a good time of year to schedule one of your child’s regular visits. Romano Dental can help spot and take care of any issues so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts. It’s also a great time to help get back on track if some of your child’s dental habits fell away during summer, when normal routines can go out the window and there are a lot more treats around. Here are some points to consider for your child’s exam:
How Is My Child’s Overall Dental Health?
Dr. Romano will be looking at the big picture of your child’s mouth, including teeth and gums. Dr. Romano will check to make sure teeth are lining up correctly, your child’s bite is in good shape and to keep an eye out for any [orthodontic] issues that may show up later.
Will My Child Get a Cleaning Today?
This is a must, no matter how well your child brushes. Even brushing twice a day cannot get rid of all the bacteria that can lead to cavities so a professional cleaning is the best preventative measure. It removes more of the cavity-causing bacteria, helps to keep gum tissue healthy and can also remove most or many stains from teeth.
Does My Child Need an X-Ray?
X-rays help Dr. Romano see how your child’s teeth are developing and make sure the tooth roots are healthy.
They also are used to see if there is any tooth decay between your child’s teeth. The decay process can move fast, so the earlier it’s caught the better.Your child won’t need an x-ray at every visit – only when necessary.
Can Dr. Romano Check My Child’s Mouthguard?
If your child plays sports year-round, make sure you bring his or her mouthguard along so Dr. Romano can check for wear, tear and fit. If your child is having a growth spurt, losing teeth and getting new ones, the mouthguard might need to be redone.
Does Dr. Romano recommend Sealants?
Sealants can be another way to keep your child from getting cavities, but they’re no substitute for brushing and flossing. A sealant is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that Dr. Romano can place on the chewing surfaces of your child’s permanent back teeth (called molars). Once they’re on, sealants work to keep cavity-causing bacteria and bits of food from settling into the nooks and crannies your child’s toothbrush can’t reach. This helps keep cavities from forming and tiny existing spots of decay from getting worse. In fact, having sealants on your permanent molars reduces the risk of cavities by 80%. It’s best to get sealants as soon as your child’s permanent molars come through their gums (usually at age 6, then again at age 12). When permanent molars start coming in, parents should ask if sealants are recommended. Most last for years, and Dr. Romano will make sure they’re holding strong at every regular visit.