Regular dental exams are crucial for protecting your child’s oral health and identifying dental problems early. At Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia, Oscar Luna, DDS, provides thorough dental exams that help ensure your child’s teeth and gums remain healthy and free of decay. Schedule a visit with Dr. Luna now by calling Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or by booking an appointment online.
During a dental exam, Dr. Luna assesses the health of your child’s teeth and gums, as well as their bite, to prevent disease and decay.
These routine visits are important for protecting your child’s oral health and for identifying dental concerns early, particularly cavities (tooth decay) and gum disease.
Dental exams prevent a wide range of conditions affecting your child’s teeth, gums, and overall health, including:
Cavities, or tooth decay, are permanently damaged portions of your teeth called caries. Without proper treatment, these caries grow and can even penetrate the inside of the tooth, leading to infection. Over time, tooth decay can cause an array of serious dental concerns, including tooth loss.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that causes inflammation, bleeding, sensitivity, redness, and pain. In its early stages, called gingivitis, the effects of gum disease are reversible with proper oral care. However, once the disease progresses to periodontitis — when deep pockets of plaque form below the gum line — it requires more advanced care.
Along with preventing a variety of oral health concerns, regular dental exams also help identify early signs of certain health conditions, including diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Once your child arrives for their dental exam, Dr. Luna or a member of his team takes detailed X-rays of their mouth before reviewing their health history.
It’s important to talk to Dr. Luna about any changes to your child’s health at the beginning of your visit, particularly if they’ve recently started any new medications.
Next, Dr. Luna examines your child’s teeth, gums, and bite before beginning the teeth cleaning. During this cleaning, Dr. Luna removes plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth and gums. He also polishes, brushes, and flosses their teeth.
Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Luna may recommend at-home tips for better oral hygiene habits. Finally, he applies a fluoride treatment to prevent future plaque buildup and tooth decay.
To ensure your child’s tooth development and oral health remain optimal, schedule dental exams with Dr. Luna once every six months. Call Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or book an appointment online today to learn more.