Cleanings and Exams
At Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to provide your child with a positive experience at the dentist.
Our atmosphere was designed uniquely for kids, and our friendly staff were all handpicked for their skill in helping kids stay relaxed before and during exams and teeth cleanings. We want the entire dental experience to be less stressful for children—and their parents!
When Your Children Should See the Dentist
As supported by the American Association of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association, we recommend that our patients visit us twice a year for regular dental cleanings and checkups. If a child is more prone to cavities or has not gotten all his or her baby teeth in yet, we may recommend seeing them every three months for closer observation.
A general rule of thumb is to plan on bringing your child in right around his or her first birthday. Of course, if you have concerns before then, please be sure to give us a call.
One of the features of our office is the private exam rooms we offer, each with its own television. We encourage parents to accompany their children to the treatment area for these appointments. You may even sit with your child on your lap if he or she is particularly anxious.
What to Expect during an Examination and Cleaning
During these appointments, Dr. Christina Ramirez will do a full oral examination, diet review, and oral hygiene evaluation along with checking for any signs of cavities. She will assess your child’s tooth alignment, gums, and jaws for proper development.
Based on Dr. Christina’s findings, radiographs or fluoride treatment may be recommended but only completed with the consent of the parent.
Depending on the age of your child, his or her first exam might include a dental cleaning with a dental handpiece similar to what you as an adult may receive at your dental visits. Dr. Christina will also go over proper home care so you can assist your child in brushing and flossing in an age-appropriate manner.
You can also use this opportunity to discuss other topics that pertain to your child’s oral health, such as:
- Self-soothing behaviors such as pacifiers and thumb-sucking, and how these can affect oral development
- Habits that provide comfort, such as taking a bottle or sippy cup to bed, and what these can mean for your child’s oral health
- Expected developmental milestones
- Nutrition counseling
As your child continues to visit the dentist, teeth will be cleaned, and mouths will be monitored for growth. Dr. Christina will keep tabs on the eruption of new teeth to make sure there are no potential problems. She may recommend fluoride treatments every six months to help keep tooth decay at bay and strengthen tooth enamel.
Call Our Office to Schedule Your Child’s First Visit
Prevention is critical when it comes to sound oral health.
Let Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry set your child on the path to a lifetime of beautiful smiles. You can rely on Dr. Christina and her entire team to educate you about your child’s dental health. We look forward to welcoming you and your child!