Pinnacle Pediatric Dentistry Joi Shaw Morrison, DMD, MSD
3939 Washington Ave,
Suite 240
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-PEDO (7336)

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Teeth 101

Periodic Recall Visits

Your child should visit Dr. Shaw and her team every 3 to 6 months (depending on their caries risk) for recall examinations and cleanings.   We recommend professional fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.  At each recall visit your child will have their medical history updated, receive an updated dental examination, have radiographs taken as needed and receive a dental prophylaxis (cleaning). 

Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)

X-ray films detect much more than cavities.  For example, X-rays may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury or plan orthodontic treatment.  X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination.  If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care can be more comfortable and affordable.
Since every child is unique, the need for dental X-ray films varies from child to child.  Films are taken only after reviewing your child’s medical and dental histories and performing a clinical examination, and only when they are likely to yield information that a visual examination cannot.  In general, children need X-rays more often than adults.  Their mouths grow and change rapidly.  They are more susceptible than adults to dental caries.  For children with a high risk of dental caries, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends X-ray examinations every six months to detect cavities developing between the teeth.  Children with a low risk of dental caries require X-rays less frequently.

 

 


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