Children’s Exam and Cleaning
Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, we are a child friendly clinic who strive to protect children’s teeth from the very start. Children will start to develop their baby teeth at around 6 months old. We recommend booking your child in for their first dental appointment at the age of 2 or 3. Usually this visit is just to get them used to the coming to the dentist and what exactly is done while in the chair. Children should then come for their regular check up every 6 months to prevent the chances of needing any treatment such as a filling.
A regular children’s check-up appointment will involve a full examination and a scale and polish cleaning if needed. One of our friendly and caring dentists will examine the child’s mouth and teeth to asses oral hygiene and find any changes such as decay or tooth loss etc. Before starting the exam, the dentist will explain all of the instruments we use and show them to the child so that they feel comfortable in the chair. If our dentist feels it is necessary, they may ty to take intraoral x-rays to rule out any other problems that cannot be seen from the examination. Our dentist will then go through the best ways to keep good oral hygiene. Once the examination is complete and the child is okay to continue our dentist will do a scale and polish cleaning. A handscaler or or ultrasonic scaler will be used to remove calculus and staining in the teeth. The dentist will then use a flavoured paste and polish the teeth with a soft brush to make them smooth and shiny. It is important that this is done every six months to prevent any dental problems and to reduce the chances of the child developing a fear of the dentist.