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Regular Checkups

Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can examine your child's teeth and gums, checking for decay and other problems or abnormalities in the mouth. The dentist will also check your child's bite, proper alignment of jaws, and spacing for permanent teeth.

Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your child's mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.

Depending on your child's age, X-rays may be taken to evaluate for hidden decay, position and location of the developing permanent teeth. We will also discuss potential problems such as nursing decay, pacifier and thumb-sucking habits. Dr. Nanna and her staff will advise you on a program of preventive health care including brushing, flossing, proper nutrition, and the use of fluoride.

 
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