Hygiene & Exams

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Dental Hygiene and Exams in Sumner, WA

Careful Cleaning and Maintenance for Years of Brilliant Smiles!

Excellent Dental Health Starts With Regular Hygiene and Exams
At Smile Surfers, we focus heavily on preventive treatment, which is why we recommend frequent exams and maintenance. Your kiddo could be the world champion at brushing and flossing their teeth , but they require regular cleanings at the dentist. Why? Just brushing and flossing doesn’t get rid of all the plaque-forming germs. It will eventually harden into tartar, which needs to be cleaned off by a dentist or dental hygienist.  This keeps your child’s free of cavities and gum disease!
 
We can detect cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems sooner with comprehensive exams, before they are readily visible without any magnifying tool.
 
Our pediatric dentists will also monitor your child’s face and jaw development, and also the development of their baby and permanent teeth. In this way, we can anticipate, manage, and address any potential oral health issues before they become more severe, uncomfortable, or expensive.

What Can I Expect At A Visit For A Dental Exam & Cleaning?

By instilling a lifetime of good dental habits in your little surfers, we can prevent many oral health issues!

Preventive Exam:

One of our pediatric dentists will check your child’s teeth and gums for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
 
The pediatric dentist may suggest using digital x-rays to check between the teeth, below the gums, and in the surrounding bone. We may also anticipate and plan for your child’s necessities by using x-rays to predict how their teeth will develop over time. Because digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure by 90%, they are found to be safe. They are also quite accurate in identifying dental abnormalities sooner!
 
If your child might be needing sealants and we have the opportunity, we may also complete this treatment during the same appointment.

Periodontal Exam:

A periodontal exam will be performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to assess the state of your little surfer’s gum tissue.
 
Gum disease, and poor oral health in general, have been linked to a variety of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
 
Scheduling exams on a routine basis can help to safeguard your child’s periodontal health.

Education & Treatment

At Smile Surfers, we want to give you the resource that you need to make informed decisions!

Our dentists and hygienists will:

When you leave an exam and cleaning with Smile Surfers, we want you to feel knowledgeable and conscious of your child’s dental health.
 
We also always strive to make sure that your little surfer has a positive experience with their oral health and visits with the dentist!

FAQ's About Dental Exams and Cleanings

How many times should my child see their pediatric dentist?

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

To minimize cavities and other dental disorders, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your little surfer visits the dentist at least once every six months.
 
This time frame may vary based on your provider’s perspective on what is best for your child’s individual requirements.

What is a good time for my child's first check-up with a pediatric dentist?

Your children should see a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth breaks through, or by their first birthday, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
 
Click here to schedule your child’s first dental visit at our Sumner, WA office.

How safe are dental x-rays?

At Smile Surfers, we prioritize your child’s oral and total health.
 
We’ve opted to use digital x-rays while working with your kiddo to ensure that they are always protected. Digital x-rays are substantially safer than traditional x-rays, as they reduce radiation exposure by 90%.

What other dental services do you offer?

Smile Surfers Kids Dentistry is proud to serve Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma, and the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) communities throughout Washington state!

Along with hygiene and exams, come see us for the following services:

If you’re curious about any of these services and want to read up a little more, click here.

Have any further inquiries?

We’d be delighted to assist you! Click this link to find some answers to frequently asked questions regarding pediatric dentistry. 
 
You may also reach out to us directly by calling our office. We’d be thrilled to hear from you!
 
Call Sumner: (253) 833-5137

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