Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Check all anatomy for abnormalities that may be affecting your oral and systemic health.
• An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
• Sensitivity to hot and cold.
• Severe toothache pain.
• Sometimes no symptoms are present.
• Swelling and/or tenderness.
• Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
• Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
• Injury or trauma to the tooth.
There are several goals for the first dental visit. First, Dr. Renger and the child need to get properly acquainted. Second, Dr. Renger needs to monitor tooth and jaw development to get an idea of the child’s overall health history. Third, Dr. Renger needs to evaluate the health of the existing teeth and gums. Finally, Dr. Renger aims to answer questions and advise parents on how to implement a good oral care regimen.
1. Our caring team will greet the child and parents.
2. The infant/family health history will be reviewed (this may include questionnaires).
3. Dr.Renger will address parental questions and concerns.
4. More questions will be asked, generally pertaining to the child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, tooth alignment, tooth development, and diet.
5. Dr.Renger will provide advice on good oral care, how to prevent oral injury, fluoride intake, and sippy cup use.
6. The infant’s teeth will be examined. Generally, Dr.Renger and parent sit facing each other. The infant is positioned so that his or her head is cradled in Dr. Renger’s lap. This position allows the infant to look at the parent during the examination.
7. Good brushing and flossing demonstrations will be provided by our caring hygienist.
8. The state of the child’s oral health will be described in detail, and specific recommendations will be made. Recommendations usually relate to oral habits, appropriate toothpastes and toothbrushes for the child, orthodontically correct pacifiers, and diet.
9. Dr.Renger or a hygienist will detail which teeth may appear in the following months.
10. Our team will outline an appointment schedule and describe what will happen during the next appointment.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s first dental visit, please contact Shine Modern Dentistry at 417-781-6700.