During your child’s first appointment at our office, our dentist and team will perform a complete oral examination, including a visual inspection, periodontal evaluation and diagnosis. As part of the visual inspection, we will closely examine your child’s teeth, their supporting structures and the oral anatomy. We may also use digital X-rays to diagnose tooth decay, bone loss and other dental problems. We may also perform an oral cancer screening, which helps us detect any abnormalities in the oral tissues. This exam is important so that any emerging problematic issues can be detected early, when the conditions are easier to treat.

We also perform a periodontal probing and examination during your child’s initial exam. This allows us to evaluate the health of your child’s gums and diagnose any present gum disease (periodontal disease). In addition, we will analyze your child’s bite (occlusion) to identify any problems.

After your child’s examination is complete, our dentist will review our findings with you so you can better understand the current state of your child’s oral health. We will then recommend the treatments needed to correct any conditions or problems we have detected. Our team will explain the treatment options so that you can make an educated decision about your child’s care. We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s oral health or about their treatment options; we want you to feel confident and comfortable with your child’s oral healthcare.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about your child’s initial oral examination and to schedule an appointment with our friendly team.