PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE IN TORREY HIGHLANDS

WHY IS PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE IMPORTANT?

Preventive dentistry is the foundation for a healthy smile. With regular cleanings and exams, we can pursue and promote strong oral health for your child. Preventive dental care along with a diligent at-home brushing and flossing routine can help prevent dental issues all together. It’s these small investments in your oral hygiene that lead to a beautiful, healthy smile. Schedule an appointment at Sunray Pediatric Dentistry!

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cavities.

DID YOU KNOW…

Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 different types of bacteria.

ready to schedule your child’s appointment?

Call (858)215-2485

DID YOU KNOW…

cavities.

Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 different types of bacteria.

ready to schedule your child’s appointment?

Call (858)215-2485

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S PREVENTIVE
DENTAL CARE APPOINTMENT

THOROUGH CLEANING

To begin, a professional cleaning will be provided for your child. Plaque, tartar and bacteria will be removed and the teeth will be buffed, polished, and flossed to ensure a bright and beautiful smile.

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NECESSARY X-RAYS

If your child hasn’t had x-rays recently, or if the dentist suspects that there may be hidden issues with their teeth, they may recommend that x-rays be taken. These images help our team see potential issues hiding below the gumline and within teeth.

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COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

After the teeth are cleaned and x-rays have been taken, your child’s dentist will examine their teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of oral health issues, like cavities, gum disease, and abnormalities of the tissues. X-rays will also be examined to ensure that every potential issue has been detected.

PREVENTIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS

CLEANING & HYGIENE

Teeth cleanings are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Seeing an oral hygienist and a dentist every six months ensures that minor stains, plaque, and bacteria can be removed from your child’s teeth, and that their smile remains healthy and strong.

Good at-home oral hygiene is also important. Make sure your child brushes at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride-based toothpaste, and floss once per day to get rid of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.

FLUORIDE TREATMENTS

Fluoride treatments can be applied to the teeth after any teeth cleaning. Typically, this is provided every 6 months, however the dentist may recommend a different frequency for your child after a thoughtful evaluation.

After treatment, the fluoride will attract minerals like calcium and phosphates to your child’s teeth, strengthening and “remineralizing” them. This, in turn, helps prevent the formation of cavities.

DENTAL SEALANTS

Dental sealants are a great way to fight back against cavities, and can be used on patients of all ages. Sealants are made up of a layer of liquid dental resin, which your dentist will apply directly to the posterior teeth. Usually, sealants are only used on the posterior teeth because their deep crevices are more prone to cavities.

This resin is hardened using a special light, creating a strong barrier. This blocks food debris, acid, and bacteria from contact with your child’s enamel. A strong dental sealant can prevent the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.

ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS

Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of preventive care. Oral cancer is often hard to detect until it spreads more widely and becomes more serious. However, your dentist can detect signs early simply by performing an oral exam at your child’s biannual dental appointments.

Your dentist will examine your child’s mouth, gums, and oral tissues. They will look for discolored patches, lumps, growths, and other such abnormalities. In the rare case that an issue is found, a biopsy can be taken and sent to a specialist for further analysis, or your dentist will refer you to a specialist directly. Consistent dental visits allow your dentist to become familiar with your child’s oral health, which in turn, allows them to more easily notice when there may be something wrong.

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DID YOU KNOW…

Regular flossing allows your child to clean an additional 40% of their tooth surface.

INTERESTED IN A PREVENTIVE SERVICES?

Call (858)215-2485

DID YOU KNOW…

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Regular flossing allows your child to clean an additional 40% of their tooth surface.

INTERESTED IN A PREVENTIVE SERVICES?

Call (858)215-2485

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
FIND ANSWERS HERE.

Your child needs to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. While brushing, encourage them to hold their brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and gums, and use small, circular strokes to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Your child should spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth.

In addition, remember to replace their toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, and to use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride.
First, ask your child to unroll about 18-24 inches of floss. Then, encourage them to wind most of the floss around the index or middle finger of one of their hands. Ask them to wind the last few inches around the index or middle finger of the opposite hand.

Tell your child to use their thumbs to pinch a 1-inch section of floss between their fingers. Gently move this section of floss between the teeth with a rocking motion. When the floss reaches their gumline, hug the floss against one of their teeth to create a “c” shape and move it up and down to dislodge plaque and bacteria. Do the same motion against the adjacent tooth to clear below both sides of the gum.

Next, gently remove the floss from between the teeth. Wind a new 1-inch section of floss between their fingers, move to the next tooth, and repeat.
Most dental insurance policies will cover at least a portion of basic preventive care, and usually 100% is covered.

However, insurance policies do differ and it’s up to the patient to understand their coverage. Make sure you consult with your provider so you know exactly what’s covered and what will likely be out-of-pocket.

We invite you to consider our membership plan, which completely covers preventive care and is competitive with what you are currently paying for dental insurance!

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DID YOU KNOW…

The average person smiles 40 times a day.

Ready for your child’s next dental appointment?

Call (858)215-2485

DID YOU KNOW…

teeth

The average person smiles 40 times a day.

Ready for your child’s next dental appointment?

Call (858)215-2485

There’s a Horizon of Smiles Ahead

LET’S STAY IN TOUCH

Call: (858) 215-2485
Text: (858) 282-0085
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