Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

5 Questions to Ask at Your Child’s Back-to-School Dental Visit

Sep 01 2017

Here are five questions to ask at your child’s appointment:

How Is My Child’s Overall Dental Health?

We at Moffitt Restorative Dentistry will be looking at the big picture of your child’s mouth, including teeth and gums.

Will My Child Get a Cleaning Today?

This is a must, no matter how well your child brushes.  That’s why a professional cleaning goes a long way.

Does My Child Need an X-Ray?

X-rays help us to see how your child’s teeth are developing and make sure the tooth roots are healthy. They also are used to see if there is any tooth decay between your child’s teeth.   Your child won’t need an x-ray at every visit.

Can You Check My Child’s Mouthguard?

If your child plays sports year-round, make sure you bring his or her mouthguard as long so your we can check for wear, tear and fit.

What Are Sealants?

Sealants can be another way to keep your child from getting cavities, but they’re no substitute for brushing and flossing. A sealant is a thin, protective coating that your we place on the chewing surfaces of your child’s permanent back teeth.

In fact, having sealants on your permanent molars reduces the risk of cavities by 80%. It’s best to get sealants as soon as your child’s permanent molars come through their gums (usually at age 6, then again at age 12).

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