Dental Checkups and Professional Cleaning
What Is the Purpose of Dental Checkups?
Dr. Kaur takes pride in providing a “comfortable and trustworthy dental home” for the child.
Dr. Kaur keeps meticulous records of the child’s ongoing dental health and jaw
development. If we understand the child’s dental health history, and monitor the dental
growth pattern it becomes easier to anticipate future issues and intervene sometimes
before they even arise.
We at Gainesville Dental Arts in Gainesville empower and educate parents and children
during your visit. Sometimes Dr. Kaur wants to introduce one or several factors to enhance
tooth health - for example, sealants, fluoride supplements, or xylitol. Other times, Dr. Kaur
asks parents to change the child’s dietary or oral behavior - for example, reducing sugar in
the child’s diet, removing an intraoral piercing, or even transitioning the child from sippy
cups to adult-sized drinking glasses and establishing good oral hygiene habits at an early
Dental X-rays also known as radiographs are often the only way to monitor jaw
development and identify tiny cavities in primary (baby) teeth. Though the child may not be
feeling any pain or discomfort, if left unchecked, these tiny cavities can rapidly turn into
large cavities, leading to tooth decay, abscess and eventually, childhood periodontal
disease. Dental X-rays are only used when we suspects cavities or orthodontic irregularities.
Are Checkups Necessary if My Child Has Healthy Teeth?
The condition of a child’s teeth can change fairly rapidly. Even if the child’s teeth were
evaluated as healthy just six months prior, changes in diet or oral habits (for example,
thumb sucking) can quickly render them vulnerable to decay or misalignment of the teeth.
In addition to visual examinations, Gainesville Dental Arts in Gainesville provides thorough
dental cleanings during each visit. These cleanings eradicate the plaque and debris that can
build up between teeth and in other hard to reach places. Though a good homecare routine
is especially important, these professional cleanings provide an additional tool to keep
Dr. Kaur is also able to monitor the child’s fluoride levels during routine visits. Oftentimes, a
topical fluoride gel or varnish is applied to teeth after the cleaning. Topical fluoride
demineralizes the teeth and staunches mineral loss, protecting tooth enamel from oral acid
attacks. Some children are also given take-home fluoride supplements (especially those
residing in areas where fluoride is not routinely added to the community water supply).
Dr. Kaur may apply dental sealants to the child’s back teeth (premolars and molars). This
impenetrable liquid plastic substance is brushed onto the molars to seal out harmful debris,
bacteria, and acid.
How Often Should Children Have Dental Checkups?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises parents to make biannual
dental appointments for children, beginning approximately six months after the first tooth
These important twice-yearly visits allow Dr. Kaur to monitor new developments in the
child’s mouth, evaluate changes in the condition of teeth and gums, and continue to advise
and discuss with the parents or caregivers good oral care strategies. We may schedule
additional visits for children who are particularly susceptible to tooth decay or who show
early signs of orthodontic problems.
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental
problems. However, Dr. Kaur can tell you when and how often your child should visit based
on their personal oral health.
Children over the age of three should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a
professional hygiene cleaning. To maintain oral health, it's very important that you stay up
to speed on the condition of your teeth, so that if problems are detected, they can be
treated early to avoid developing more serious issues. At Gainesville Dental Arts, we provide
comfortable, gentle hygiene cleanings.
Reasons to Get Professional Cleaning.
- To detect possible health risks such as gum disease
- To eliminate bad breath
- To have a brighter, whiter smile
- To prevent tooth loss
- To maintain good physical health
In order to maintain good oral health and a bright smile, please call us at Gainesville Dental
Arts in Gainesville today to schedule a professional hygiene cleaning.