According to the CDC, the most common disease in children aged 5 to 17 is dental decay. Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph focuses on total preventive care for our patients. It starts with regular dental cleanings and checkups and continues in your home by establishing proper oral care habits and routines. You should begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Most infants have their first tooth by 6 months of age. Using a soft washcloth, clean your baby’s teeth after each feeding. If your child already has more than one tooth, you can start using a small-bristled toothbrush and soak it in warm water before using it on their teeth.

During the exam, our friendly dental hygienist will discuss your child’s oral hygiene routine and will educate you and your child on good brushing and flossing habits and on what foods and drinks are best for your child’s teeth. The teeth are then cleaned using a special toothpaste and an electric brush. For older kids, they may use an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and calculus. We may also provide fluoride treatment in order to strengthen your child’s teeth.

Our pediatric dentists follow the guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry which recommends that children should have a professional dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year to ensure that plaque and tartar are removed. We use a state-of-the-art digital dental X-ray machine to take X-rays during routine cleaning appointments to thoroughly examine your child’s mouth. X-rays help us find cavities hidden between the teeth, as well as survey any erupting teeth, diagnose potential bone issues, evaluate injuries and plan any orthodontic treatment, if needed. Following the cleaning, fluoride treatment and X-rays, Dr. Mannella will review any new X-rays, examine your child’s mouth visually for problems and discuss any issues that may need further treatment. Our dental exams and cleanings in Randolph, New Jersey, are done with not only your child’s oral care in mind but also with the goal of making the dental visit a positive emotional experience for your child as well. We know that early first dental experiences shape a child’s future attitude toward their oral care, and our mission is to start every child off on the right path to a lifetime of good oral care.