At the Dentist
A dentist is a specially trained doctor for teeth. During the visit, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw to make sure everything is developing correctly. They will look for any problems and make sure the teeth will develop properly as your child grows.
When your child’s name is called at the visit, depending on age, they will go back by themselves and visit with the dentist. Their teeth will be examined and then cleaned.
They might get x-rays on their visit. These will help the dentist see any hidden issues when they look in your child’s mouth. X-rays will also show how the jaw and the bones are developing.
Be sure to mention if your child is having any pain when making the appointment. The dentist will examine, diagnose and explain a treatment plan. When possible, the treatment might be able to be done right at that appointment. Otherwise, we will schedule another appointment to give more time for care.
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Be sure and schedule a dental check-up for your kids every six months. This helps keep their teeth and gums healthy!
After the Visit
There are many ways to keep your child’s teeth and smile healthy. Some include:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss every day
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Limit sugary foods and drinks, including candy, soda, and juice – especially between meals
- Reduce the amount of time your child sucks their thumb, clenches their jaw or bites their nails
- When playing sports, have your child wear a mouthguard
- Visit your dentist for check-ups every six-months
Did your OHP team member give you instructions for after-care? Here are some of our most common post-appointment instructions.