At Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental, we’re children’s dentistry specialists Reno. When your child needs a teeth cleaning or dentist checkup, our caring and compassionate staff will ensure they have a stress-free experience.
Our dentists take an additional 2 years of training after dental school to specialize in children’s dentistry. We are experienced in treating infants and children with special needs as well. We also offer gentle sedation dentistry for children who are afraid of the dentist or need specialized care. If your family lives in the greater Reno area, Fernley, or Gardnerville Nevada, come in and see us!
What Happens During a Dentist Checkup?
At our Reno-area offices, your child will feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door. Our staff and office make for a warm and inviting atmosphere from the waiting room to the dentist’s chair.
As a new patient, we’ll ask you about your child’s medical history to learn if there’s anything that can be important for the care of your teeth. For example, certain medications can make teeth more susceptible to cavities, as can some health conditions.
Before the teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist will use a mirror and a small tool to check for signs of decay, cavities, or gum disease. Then, the hygienist will clean your child’s teeth.
If your child needs dental x-rays, we will perform them. There is no pain, and it takes just a few minutes. We use x-rays to help us diagnose any problems and to check and see if your child’s teeth are in alignment. It’s important to take x-rays during a dentist checkup because there may be problems with the teeth that cannot be seen with the eye.
We can also spot potential problems, such as permanent teeth that may not be coming in straight. This could save you money on orthodontic care in the future.
How do You Perform a Child’s Teeth Cleaning?
The hygienist will use a special tool to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. Tartar is hardened plaque. It can only be scraped off at the dentist.
Next, we will do teeth cleaning. We use a special electric brush and slightly granulated toothpaste that gently but completely cleans and polishes all the teeth. Polishing the teeth makes them smoother so plaque will not stick to them as easily. Then we will floss the teeth, and use fluoridated mouthwash at the end of the cleaning.
The steps are the same as teeth cleaning for adults, but we take extra time and care to make sure your child is always comfortable. We also explain carefully what we are doing in language children can understand.
If your child has any questions during any part of the procedure, we will answer them. Our goal is to always reassure and relax your child.
After the Teeth Cleaning
The dentist will do a more detailed checkup. They will look at the x-rays and check any places the hygienist has noticed as possibly having decay or cavities.
Our dentists are trained in relating to all ages of children, including special needs children. They take special care to put your child at ease during the examination.
Finally, the dentist will give you and your child advice on oral care and tell you about any potential problems. If we find deep grooves in your child’s teeth, we may apply dental sealants to prevent cavities from forming.
Does it hurt to remove tartar during teeth cleaning?
No, it doesn’t. Because tartar is hard, your child may feel the scraping of the tool, but it is not painful.
Is it safe to use fluoride with children?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has confirmed that fluoride is safe for children. Fluoride helps protect teeth from cavities and helps replace any lost minerals in the teeth.
How often does my child need a dentist checkup?
The AAPD recommends visits every 6 months, beginning when your child gets their first tooth. Children’s teeth can change very rapidly, and regular visits help us spot potential problems and treat them before they become serious.
Does my baby really need teeth cleaning or a dentist checkup?
Yes! There are many reasons to take your baby to the dentist. Even babies can develop cavities in their primary teeth from mother’s milk. In addition, problems with primary teeth can lead to permanent tooth misalignment. This can mean your child will need orthodontic care later. Primary tooth dental care is vital.
When should my child start brushing with toothpaste?
By age 2, your child can use a pea-sized amount when brushing their teeth. Be sure to teach them to spit out the toothpaste and not swallow it.
Schedule your Child for Teeth Cleaning and a Dentist Checkup in Reno, Nevada
All of our staff and dentists are compassionate, empathetic professionals who will make your child’s experience pleasant and stress-free. You can trust that you are getting the best care for your child with us. Visit any of our 6 locations in and around Reno for specialized children’s dental needs.
Plan a dentist checkup and teeth cleaning for your child here in Reno to help give them the most compassionate and caring dental experience.