Comprehensive exams are the equivalent of health checkups from your pediatrician. We count teeth during these exams to get a look at how your child’s teeth and jaws are developing, plus it helps kids relax and have fun in preparation for their cleanings. Kids especially love getting to take an up-close-and-personal look inside their mouths with our intraoral cameras. These cameras help us check for teeth that may be erupting in the wrong place or coming in too late, or for tiny signs of damage or decay, even way back at the molars!
While we’re counting teeth, we check all soft tissue for the subtle signs of oral cancer or other issues, look at your child’s bite for jaw or bruxism problems, and check for any indication of gum infection (periodontal disease). We also like to talk to both children and their parents about proper diet habits, at-home hygiene techniques, and what to look for to be proactive about possible dental problems.