Stoneham Preventative and Diagnostic Dentistry (Routine Teeth Cleaning Procedures)
Preventative care is the backbone of pediatric dentistry at Stoneham’s Redstone Dental Center and includes comprehensive exams and dental cleanings (teeth cleaning) to maintain healthy teeth, x-ray images to diagnose issues beneath the surface, and fluoride treatments and sealants to prevent cavities.
Stoneham Pediatric Dental Exam
A regularly scheduled teeth cleaning can help keep teeth free of cavities and keep gums healthy. Dental cleanings include removal of plaque and tartar as well as polishing of teeth to remove stains and prevent further plaque buildup. Children receive a choice of flavors for toothpaste!
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Oral hygiene instructions are given to the patient and/or caregiver during each regular checkup. Proper home care can help prevent tartar and plaque buildup, which can lead to cavities. Instruction is given for proper flossing, brushing, and rinsing.
Commonly Asked Questions on Preventative and Diagnostic Dentistry for Kids
Why Do I Need Dental Exams?
Having regular dental exams help to spot any trouble in its early stages in order to prevent larger and more expensive treatments in the future. Usually, we fit your dental exam into your cleaning, you may not even notice its being done! Dental exams can only be performed by a dentist, so if you are having your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist, the doctor will come in separately and perform an exam and confirm any findings. Typically, you should have a dental exam every six months, or more often if the dentist recommends it.
Do Teeth Need Fluoride?
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
When Are X-Rays Necessary/How Often Do I Need to Have X-Rays?
As x-rays are a very helpful tool in making observations and diagnoses regarding your oral health, routine check-up x-rays (also called bitewing x-rays) should be performed at a yearly basis. If you come into the office experiencing pain in a certain area, or have a condition that requires monitoring via x-rays, you may need to have them more frequently. Our dentists make careful assessments regarding whether patients need x-rays, carefully weighing the benefits and potential risks before deciding on any tests or courses of treatment. If x-rays are recommended, it is likely with good reason.