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Visiting the Dentist

Check-Ups: What Happens

*This webpage is for information purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for professional dental advice.*

Fast Facts
  • Take your child to the dentist at least once a year.
  • During a regular check-up, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth and mouth for dental problems, such as cavities. The examination may include x-rays.
  • The dentist may also provide a cleaning, fluoride, sealants, mouth guard fittings, etc.

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You can keep your child's teeth healthy by taking your child to a dentist at least once a year.

What to expect during a regular check-up

During a regular check-up you can expect the dentist to examine your child’s teeth to pinpoint existing or potential problems, such as cavities or gum disease.

The dentist and/or dental hygienist will also:

Other common procedures

Other procedures that often happen during a check-up include:

  • X-rays to check for dental problems, such as cavities.
  • A custom-made mouth guard fitting to protect your child’s teeth and gums
    (if your child plays sports). A mouth guard will fit perfectly over your child’s teeth
    and gums to protect them.

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