Our office is very focused on the prevention of cavities and other dental diseases. One of the best ways to prevent cavities is to have a “check up” every 6 months. This allows us to examine your child’s teeth and soft tissues to make sure that there are not any cavities or other problems present or forming. We can assess your child’s oral hygiene and risk factors to ensure that everything is being done to keep your child cavity free. Your child's teeth will be cleaned to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (hard tarter deposits) that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. We will apply topical fluoride (link to fluoride) to the teeth to make them stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. We also have an opportunity to take X-Rays (link to X-Rays) if needed (usually once every year). A thorough cleaning and fluoride treatment every six months has been shown to be an extremely effective way to prevent dental disease.