Dental Exams & Cleanings

Walnut Creek, CA

At Creekside Kids Dentistry, we are dedicated to guiding our patients aged 0-25 through every stage of their dental development, from the first tooth to the wisdom teeth and beyond. We offer a range of preventive services, including dental exams and cleanings, to establish the foundation for long-term healthy smiles.

Routine Dental Care - The Key to Lifelong Healthy Smiles

Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for children, teens, and young adults. They play a critical role in the early detection of dental problems, reducing the need for costly and invasive treatments in the future. Our dental professionals also remove plaque and tartar buildup, the leading causes of tooth decay and gum disease. Keeping up with twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings helps maintain beautiful, healthy smiles.

Early Childhood (0-6) - Laying the foundation

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends scheduling a child's first dental visit when the first tooth emerges and no later than the first birthday. From that point on, most kids require twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings.

Here is what you can expect:

  • We conduct a thorough evaluation of your child's teeth, gums, and oral structures.
  • We monitor the development of the baby teeth and look for early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or bite misalignment.
  • Depending on your child's needs, we may recommend digital dental x-rays to uncover early signs of tooth decay, infections, or other hidden oral health problems.
  • A gentle teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your little one's teeth and gum line, lowering the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
  • A topical fluoride treatment strengthens your child’s teeth, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
  • We offer guidance to parents on at-home oral care, including brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss age-related oral habits, like nutrition, pacifier use, or thumb sucking.
  • Depending on your child's needs, we may create a custom treatment plan with preventive and restorative treatments needed to maintain a healthy smile.

We work tirelessly to create a fun, engaging environment, easing dental anxieties and fostering a positive attitude towards future dental care.

Older Kids and Adolescents (Ages 7-18) - Continuing Care

As children grow, their dental needs evolve. We are pleased to offer quality preventive care tailored to your child's unique needs.

Here is what you can expect:

  • Every visit includes an evaluation of every aspect of your child's oral health to identify problems as they develop.
  • Digital dental x-rays help us see beyond what a regular physical exam can reveal, helping us identify hidden problems in your child's smile.
  • A thorough dental cleaning lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and removes surface stains, leaving your child's smile whiter and brighter.
  • Orthodontic evaluations check for alignment issues as the permanent teeth fully emerge.
  • We engage our young patients in discussions about lifestyle factors that may affect their oral health, like good oral hygiene, the impacts of sugary drinks, and the importance of smile-healthy nutrition.

These years are critical for instilling independent oral health habits that carry into adulthood.

Young Adults (Ages 19-25) - Transitioning Care

As they transition to adult dental care, our shift focuses on empowering our young patients to make decisions that impact their life-long oral health.

Here is what you can expect:

  • Our comprehensive dental exams and cleanings are similar to those of older kids and adolescents, maintaining the battle against tooth decay and gum disease.
  • We conduct wisdom teeth screenings, assessing the need for extraction or intervention.
  • We discuss cosmetic or restorative options, such as teeth whitening or cavity repair.
  • We continue emphasizing the importance of regular dental visits and good oral hygiene practices.
  • We are always happy to answer questions about lifestyle factors that may affect a young adult’s oral health, like the impacts of energy drinks, smoking, and oral piercings.

We aim to ensure our young adults are equipped with the knowledge and habits they need to prevent dental disease and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Preventive Dental Care at Home

We recommend brushing at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and an age-appropriate amount of toothpaste and flossing daily to clean those hard-to-reach areas between the teeth. Good home oral hygiene lowers the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and other oral health concerns.

How We Help Our Patients Feel Right at Home

At Creekside Kids Dentistry, we strive to ensure every visit to our office is a happy, stress-free experience. Here are some ways we help our young patients feel right at home:

  • Our friendly team spares no effort to create a warm, happy atmosphere where even the most anxious patients feel safe, comfortable, and at ease.
  • We use cutting-edge technology to provide our young patients with the best possible dental experience.
  • We use visual aids and explain procedures in age-appropriate terms to help our young patients know what to expect.
  • We always take the time to answer every question and address every concern.
  • We use a variety of tools and techniques, including nitrous oxide sedation, to help our young patients relax in the dentist's chair.

Dental Exams and Cleanings Near Me in Walnut Creek, CA

At Creekside Kids Dentistry, we are dedicated to offering exceptional dental care to kids and young adults in Walnut Creek and the surrounding communities. Our team is passionate about ensuring our young patients enjoy healthy smiles from infancy into adulthood. You can always count on us for compassionate, gentle care!

Call 925-465-1200 to schedule an appointment or book one online today!


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