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What a Pediatric Dentist Looks for in Your Child’s Mouth

What a Pediatric Dentist Looks for in Your Child’s Mouth

Your growing child is constantly changing. This involves their growing teeth and shifting bones. Our dentists at Edinburg Family Dentistry encourage regular dental exams and cleanings for your child’s health. What does a pediatric dentist look for in your child’s mouth? To understand what your child’s dentist is looking for, we encourage you to continue reading.

Our dentists have a checklist when examining your child’s mouth. It is vital for our dentists to examine your child’s teeth so as to avoid any problems that may occur later. It helps to prevent additional treatments, expenses, and pain for your child by looking for the obvious problems in your child’s teeth. Your child’s dentist will begin by looking for signs of decay, cavities, or other problems. They will also look for signs of proper alignment and if the teeth are too crowded together in their mouth. This could cause problems later on in their life. The dentist may also readily recognize areas in your child’s mouth that are not as clean as the rest of their mouth. Acknowledging this to your child may help to prevent cavities in the near future. Our dentist may want to speak with your child about proper dental care habits to encourage healthy behaviors.

Your child’s dentist will also look for signs if your child may need braces once they are a little older. It is better to begin preparations early on to further benefit your child. If you have any other questions or concerns about your child’s oral health, then we welcome you to ask our dentist and bring your concerns to their attention. Contact our pediatric dentists to set up your child’s next dental exam and cleaning appointment.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.