Dental Exams and Cleanings

Preventing Problems Before They Start

The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is critical to the well-being of his or her entire body. Although routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your son or daughter’s smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months to ensure their teeth stay healthy and smile stays beautiful.

By routinely seeing us for exams and cleanings, your child can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Have white teeth by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in our office
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

During the exam, Dr. Fung will thoroughly examine your youngster’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. She may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. Digital X-rays are taken, and the images provided will help uncover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Professional Cleanings

Dr. Fung will begin your little one’s cleaning by exploring the surface of the teeth to determine whether there are any cavities and to inspect the quality of existing fillings. Next, she will carefully clean your child’s teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from the teeth. Then she will floss your child’s teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride.

If Dr. Fung finds tooth decay or gum disease, she will talk to you about changing your son or daughter’s brushing or flossing habits. If your child’s teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will probably recommend that he or she continue brushing and flossing as usual.