Exams, X-Rays & Cleanings

Preventive Care: Exams, X-Rays & Cleanings

You might be asking yourself does my child really need an examination and cleaning every six months? The answer isn’t as simple as you may think. The frequency of exams and cleanings should stay consistent as a child develops to keep an eye on teeth health and prevent any major problems from arising during adulthood. A cleaning every six months is commonly the minimum recommendation by most doctors but Dr. Oriola creates a plan tailored to your child’s needs. It’s important to understand that it’s not just a cleaning!

Routine examinations and x-rays are necessary to identify potential dental and medical problems such as gum disease, bone loss, strokes, heart disease, infection, and many other issues.

Re-care visits are important because they allow us to identify and address the early signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Left untreated, gum disease can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth and other general health issues. The purpose of a professional cleaning is to remove the bacteria from hard to reach places and keep your gums healthy!

Helping your child commit to routine recare allows for the early detection of many costly dental problems. If cavities go undetected for extended periods of time the treatment options may be limited to root canals, crowns, and possibly the removal of tooth. This is also why it is important to update your x-rays at every recare visit. At Pediatric Dentistry, you can expect Dr. Oriola to only recommend necessary radiographs. A necessary radiograph is one that is used to diagnose the extent of a dental problem that we already know exists, such as a broken tooth, a cavity, or an abscess. We also must use radiographs as part of an initial or periodic oral examination. In these examinations, radiographs are used to determine whether there are problems in a beginning stage that cannot be seen just by looking at the tooth or area.

An X-ray is used because we can only see a portion of your child’s oral condition during an oral exam without radiographs. Radiographs allow your doctor to view in-between your teeth and see all the issues. This information allows your dentist to make a full diagnosis resulting in the identification of problems before they become more complex and costly. Schedule an appointment today and we will keep that smile smiling!

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    patients testimonials

    Massie I.

    I have been taking my children here for over 10 years. I am grateful for the experience of the staff and doctor. My children are always happy to come to their annual visits.

    Gigi S.

    Dr. Oriola was my children’s pediatric dentist for probably 12 years or so, maybe even longer, and they loved her! I loved her!

    Kelly F.

    The entire staff is so friendly! Which makes bringing my kids in so much easier, Dr is awesome! She always gives toys to the kids at the end of their procedures.

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    Location Details
    • +1 (909) 891-1131
    • pediatricdentistry7@gmail.com
    • 1881 Commercenter East Drive, Suite 134, San Bernardino, CA 92408
    • 20 Years