Pediatric Dental Exams and X-Rays

What are Pediatric Dental Exams?

We recommend having your child’s dental exam just after their first birthday. Pediatric exams are done in our office in a safe, comfortable and relaxed manner. We use kid-friendly terminology at all times to reduce fear and anxiety for your children. By bringing your child into the office regularly, it helps them to develop good habits that can carry into their adulthood.

A pediatric exam is useful for a variety of different reasons. First, these exams allow us to monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile. We can determine if their primary, or baby, teeth are coming in correctly and identify orthodontic problems before they become a major issue. Likewise, these exams can spot early problems like cavities, so that treatment is easier and more effective. 

Why are Pediatric Dental Exams needed?

A pediatric exam is useful for a variety of different reasons. First, these exams allow us to monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile. We can determine if their primary (baby) teeth are coming in correctly and identify orthodontic problems before they become a major issue. Likewise, these exams can spot early problems like cavities, so that treatment is easier and more effective. We recommend bringing your child into our office once every six months for an exam. 

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What is a Pediatric X-Ray?

A pediatric x-ray is essentially a picture taken by the team for the pediatric dentist, to take a closer look at the teeth and jaw bones. The device we use is smaller than the one used on adults and makes it more comfortable for the child to have the x-ray taken. In turn the quality of the image gives the pediatric dentist a clearer picture to see between the teeth and check for cavities. 

A panoramic x-ray may also be taken, this type of picture machine may also be referred to as our “space ship.” Our panorex machine simply revolves around the child’s head as they stand in position. A panorex x-ray allows the pediatric dentist to visualise the entire upper and lower jaw and be able to see the adult teeth that are developed and erupting.

What can you and your child expect during Pediatric Dental Exams?

We will greet your child and have them sit comfortably in one of our examination rooms. We understand that children often feel nervous and scared when visiting the dentist. This is why we take every step possible to ensure their time with us is comfortable and incredibly relaxed. Dr. Scott will quickly yet thoroughly examine your child’s teeth. Any work needing to be done will be noted and discussed after the exam. Fluoride may be added to your child’s teeth to keep them strong.

If your child is in need of a dental exam with Dr. Scott and you want to benefit from coming to a pediatric dental office in Lincoln, NE with low wait times, call us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.

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Why Are Pediatric Dental X-Rays Needed?

X-rays detect much more than cavities. They also help to monitor the development of adult teeth in the bone, diagnose oral diseases, evaluate the results of an accident or injury, and aid in the plan of orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a visual examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommended X-rays, exams and a hygiene visit every 6 months for children with high risk tooth decay.

The dentist reviews the X-rays each visit to make sure nothing has changed in the areas of:

  • Decay enamel
  • Infection
  • Delays or abnormal tooth development
  • Abscesses or growths underneath the gum line
  • Positioning of adult teeth
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Are Pediatric Dental X-Rays Safe?

The amount of radiation required for dental x-rays is minimal. We use protective measures, such as lead aprons, to ensure your child’s safety. Dental x-rays represent a smaller risk than an undetected dental problem. Your pediatric dentist follows standard of care protocol and prioritizes your child’s health and wellbeing in all aspects of their experience with us, including their safety.

If your child is in need of a dental exam with Dr. Scott and you want to benefit from coming to a pediatric dental office in Lincoln, NE with low wait times, call us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.

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