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What to expect during child's dentist visit

Published On: Nov 19 2013 03:20:56 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 05 2013 01:46:26 PM CST

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. During a dental exam for children, the dentist or hygienist will clean your child's teeth and evaluate your child's risk of tooth decay. A dental exam for children might include application of various protective measures — such as sealants or fluoride treatments — to reduce the risk of decay. A dental exam for children might also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures.

During a dental exam for children, the dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your child's diet and oral hygiene habits and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion during a dental exam for children might include preventing oral injuries or, for adolescents, the health risks associated with tobacco, substance abuse and oral piercings.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental-exam-for-children/MY01098

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