As with our adult new patient exams, child new patient exams are highly individualized. We take the first few minutes of the appointment to discuss any concerns a child or parent may have. It also allows us to enquire about what types of experiences a child has had in the past.
After taking and discussing any diagnostic x-rays, we provide a full assessment for children. We are able to determine each child’s risk to cavities and place them on an appropriate management program that is specific to the level of risk we have identified. By introducing this concept, we hope to do everything in our ability to give each child and their parents the tools to keep the number of cavities as low as possible, hopefully none.
A second important aspect we assess is growth and development. We provide information to help with the relationship of the teeth and monitor growth and development of the jaws. An early referral to an orthodontist is given if necessary.
Finally, we provide important information about gum disease and how it can be managed. . The needs of children and the associated recommendations of oral care techniques vary from those in adults. We provide valuable information on the current recommended techniques that are specific to children.