During the routine school visits, the dentist educates the children about proper brushing techniques, teaches the importance of flossing and also gives recommended dietary advice.
The visiting dentist generally uses a mouth mirror to have a quick look at the teeth and this is done for several students in a short period of time. We consider this kind of checkup a “quick screening’ as it picks up only the obvious cavities or other obvious concerns. There is a high possibility of missed diagnosis during such visits.
Checkups in the dental chair comprise proper probing of each area of the tooth, detailed examination of gums health, tongue positioning, breathing habits, teeth alignment and overall development of jaws.
Although the focus in young kids is mainly the primary teeth (also called baby teeth or milk teeth), it is important to remember that these teeth stay in the mouth until the age of ten to twelve years, thereby making it important that they should be healthy and caries-free.
Additionally, during your child’s appointment, your dentist will emphasize on preventive efforts of cleaning and fluoride.