What happens in a re-care appointment?
Dr. Weinstein will review your child’s medical and dental history. We will gently examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues, and jaws. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, followed by the application of a fluoride varnish. Our job is to speak to your child with easily understandable words, pictures, and ideas. We will also do the same for you to explain anything necessary. We will try to motivate your child to take responsibility for their smile.
Why visit the dentist twice a year when my child has never had a cavity?
Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your childís brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums. Tooth decay isnít the only reason for regular dental visits. Dr. Weinstein provides an ongoing assessment of changes in your childís oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes, or sealants for ideal dental health. We are constantly monitoring growth and development problems and may suggest early intervention to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
Will X-Rays be taken at every appointment?
No. Pediatric dentists, acting in good accord the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend radiographs only when necessary to protect your childís dental health. Every child is an individual, with individual dental needs. We assess at each appointment the appropriateness for those pictures. We always discuss with you, the parent, when and why we feel they are necessary.