A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr Toppi at your child's initial dental visit. Depending on your child's age, the following will also be included:
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions, as well as the developing adult teeth.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Examination of existing restorations: Check your child's current fillings, crowns, etc., if they have any.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed if your child is not at a pre-cooperative age. Your child's initial visit and future check-up appointments will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
- Removal of Calculus (Tartar), if present: This is the hard build up that forms when plaque is not brushed off of the teeth