Dental Exam

NJ Kids Pediatric Group

Pediatric Dentistry located in Union, NJ

If you want to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy, it’s important to schedule a dental exam at least twice a year. Routine checkups can alert you to potentially serious issues early on when they respond best to treatment. At NJ Kids Pediatric Group, family dentist Simar Nagyal, DMD, offers dental exams to children of all ages. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Union, New Jersey, call the office or book online today.

Dental Exam Q&A

What is a dental exam?

A dental exam is a routine checkup that evaluates your child’s oral health.

During a dental exam, your child’s NJ Kids Pediatric Group provider uses a small mirror to assess the condition of their teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. If they detect anything out of the ordinary, like a cavity, gum disease, or an oral abscess, they develop a custom treatment plan.

Outside of diagnosing and treating oral health issues, a dental exam presents an opportunity for your child to establish a relationship with their dentist. They can also ask questions, discuss unusual symptoms, and learn about the importance of optimal oral hygiene at home.

When should my child have a dental exam?

The frequency at which your child should have a dental exam depends on their age. NJ Kids Pediatric Group recommends:

Infants and toddlers

If you have an infant or a toddler, make an appointment at NJ Kids Pediatric Group by the time they turn one. During the appointment, your child’s provider conducts a brief exam and provides tips and recommendations on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Children and adolescents

Children and adolescents should undergo a dental exam once every six months. It’s important to follow these guidelines, even if your child’s teeth and gums appear healthy. Many issues, including cavities and gum disease, present few obvious symptoms. Regular visits to NJ Kids Pediatric Group can catch them early on.

What does a dental exam involve?

At NJ Kids Pediatric Group, a dental exam is a quick, outpatient procedure that usually takes 60 minutes or less. During the appointment, your child’s dentist:

  • Takes a series of oral X-rays
  • Conducts an oral exam
  • Removes stains or deposits of plaque and tartar from their teeth
  • Demonstrates proper brushing and flossing techniques
  • Evaluates the impact of certain habits like thumb-sucking or pacifier use
  • Applies dental sealants (if necessary)

At the end of the exam, your child’s provider sets aside time to answer questions. If your child is too young to ask questions, feel free to speak up with any concerns of your own. 

If it's been more than six months since your child’s last dental exam, don’t wait to make an appointment at NJ Kids Pediatric Group. Call the office today or click the online booking feature.