Dental Exams and Cleanings in Prosper, TX

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What is a dental exam and cleaning?

WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling regular pediatric dental exams and cleanings soon after their child's first tooth erupts. These appointments allow us to keep a close eye on your child's oral health and development. Board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Karrie Lee will evaluate their teeth, search for areas of concern, and educate your family on the best way to maintain a good oral care routine at home. Our goal is to provide a fun and relaxed experience while creating a positive association with visiting the dentist. Call our friendly team in Prosper, TX, to schedule a pediatric dental cleaning for your child or teen.

Who is a candidate for dental exams and cleanings?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their first dental visit within six months after the eruption of their first tooth and no later than their first birthday. After that, it is important to visit a pediatric dentist for regular checkups. If your child has special needs or specific dental issues, we may recommend more frequent visits. These appointments also allow time to discuss additional concerns such as thumb sucking and pacifier use. Our goal is to help your family develop good dental habits that last a lifetime.

What happens during a dental exam and cleaning?

WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry begins each dental exam by taking a full medical and dental history of your child. This helps us better understand any potential concerns. Pediatric dentist Dr. Lee may examine your child’s teeth, gums, tongue, and other soft tissues. X-rays are also taken to get a full view of the teeth and jaw. Once the exam is complete, one of our team members in Proper, TX, will thoroughly clean your child's teeth. This involves removing any plaque and tartar buildup, as well as polishing their teeth. Our goal is to prevent future issues like cavities and gum disease.

What to expect after a dental exam and cleaning

Based on the findings of this exam, Dr. Karrie develops a dental care plan tailored specifically for your child. There are no real "after" effects from a pediatric dental exam and cleaning. Your child may be a little tired from sitting still for an extended period of time, but they should feel okay otherwise. You may want to offer them a drink of water and some quiet time to rest after their appointment. WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry will also offer some after-care guidelines or make suggestions as needed. It is important to follow these instructions to help keep their teeth and gums healthy at home. Our team always works with you to ensure that your child receives the best possible care.

Dental exam and cleaning FAQs

How important are dental exams for kids?

Cavities and tooth decay are common childhood conditions that lead to tooth loss. During a dental exam and cleaning, a pediatric dentist like Dr. Lee can identify and remove plaque buildup. Regular visits and good oral hygiene at home can go a long way in preventing cavities.

Is thumb sucking harmful to a child's teeth?

Thumb sucking is a normal activity for infants and young children. Eventually, children stop sucking their thumbs with help from their caregivers. However, research has indicated that prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use cause teeth misalignment and changes in the roof of the mouth.

How can I make my child more comfortable with a pediatric dentist?

Many children are afraid of the dentist, but there are ways to help them feel at ease. We recommend telling your child that a pediatric dentist can help keep their teeth clean and healthy. If your child has a favorite toy or teddy bear, bring it with them — so they can have something to hold onto during their appointment.

Healthy smiles for life

Pediatric dentistry is an important part of your child's overall health and wellness. Board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Karrie Lee and the dental staff at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry are committed to providing quality care in a fun and relaxed environment. Call our Prosper, TX, office to schedule a pediatric dental exam and cleaning for your child today. Our friendly team is here to answer any of your questions and help you get started on the path to good oral health!

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