Children's Dental Exam
Dental Exams for Your Child
At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, our team of specialists performs routine dental examinations to detect oral problems as early as possible. Since children can develop cavities (tooth decay) even at a young age, we generally provide a comprehensive dental exam at least once each year during one of your child's dental cleaning visits. A dental exam gives us the chance to visually screen for oral conditions, like cavities, gingivitis, and bite misalignment, among other concerns. During some visits, dental x-rays may be taken to examine for hidden concerns, such as impacted teeth, delayed tooth eruption, developmental concerns of the jaw, and cavities between the teeth. By diagnosing and treating any oral problem early, we can often minimize the need for future care, saving your family time, money, and convenience. For more on routine dental exams from our board-certified pediatric dentists, call our Lancaster, PA practice and speak with a member of our team today.
Children's Dental Exam Reviews
"We've been routine care patients for years. They are more than amazing at preventative care. My four year old son endured dental trauma at the playground. The on call doctor metme at the office after hours for xrays and care."- M.D. / Google / Jan 24, 2017
"We've been routine care patients for years. They are more than amazing at preventative care. My four year old son endured dental trauma at the playground. The on call doctor met me at the office after hours for xrays and care."- M.D. / Google / Mar 28, 2017
Who Needs a Dental Exam?
Children of all ages should have their teeth examined at least once every 12 months. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist before the eruption of the first tooth, which generally occurs around 8 – 10 months of age. During the early stages, oral problems, like cavities and gum infections, may not be easy to detect with the naked eye. Our expert team uses advanced technologies, like the DIAGNOdent laser cavity detector and digital x-rays, to identify problems before they become larger issues. Routine dental exams, combined with our expertise, allow us to treat oral problems in the most conservative manner possible. Our team can also help new parents understand teething and other oral development and the risks associated with sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and thumb-sucking. As your child grows, we can also help you navigate eruption pattern concerns and address conditions, like orthodontic needs and tooth impactions.
The Dental Exam Visit
At each and every visit, our upbeat team seeks to create a positive, fun environment and create fond memories of the dentist for your child. During your child's exam visit, we will measure their weight and height and update their medical history. A caries (cavities) risk assessment will also be conducted, allowing us to evaluate your child's overall risk of tooth decay. We may also take dental x-rays to help us gain a complete understanding of your child's dental health. One of our dentists will then examine your child's teeth with an explorer and our DIAGNOdent laser, checking for signs of cavities. The health and integrity of any existing restorations they may have will also be assessed. We will check the gums and soft tissues and perform an oral cancer screening, which is routinely conducted for all patients to evaluate for any abnormalities or irregularities. Before completing your child's dental exam, our dentists will examine the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite to determine if any oral functional concerns exist. If your child has a cavity-free checkup, they will be given a No Cavity Club certificate!
Once your child's dental exam is complete, we will review our findings and go over any treatment recommendations that may improve your child's dental health. Our team may recommend dietary and nutrition recommendations and fluoride treatments, sealants, or other services to support oral health. We will also show you and your child the best techniques for brushing, flossing, and caring for their teeth at home. If necessary, our team will help you schedule follow-up appointments for recommended treatments and establish a recare program for routine dental cleanings and exams to help your child enjoy the advantages of a healthy, lasting smile.
Insurance Coverage for Exams
Routine dental examinations are generally covered by most dental insurance plans. Our insurance coordinator will review your specific plan and let you know off any portion of your child's care that may not be covered. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates wants all children to have access to dental care and accepts several forms of payment, including low-cost medical financing.
Proactive Pediatric Care
Oral health is an important component of your child's health, comfort, and happiness. Routine dental exams with our Lancaster, PA pediatric specialists can allow us to identify oral problems, like tooth decay, gingivitis, and other dental needs early on, reducing long-term oral needs and helping your child grow with a healthy smile. At our caring kid-friendly practice, our entire team is dedicated to making sure your child experiences dentistry in a fun, positive way. To partner with a team that will put your child's smile first, schedule a visit at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates today.