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Pettinato Children's Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Wesley Chapel, FL

Dental exams are the best way to ensure your child achieves optimal oral health and develops good habits, starting from a young age. With a team of compassionate pediatric dental professionals on your side at Pettinato Children's Dentistry in Wesley Chapel, Florida, your child can undergo comprehensive dental exams and cleanings in a warm and caring environment. Click on the online scheduler to book your child’s dental exam today or call the office directly at 813-907-3100.

Exams Q & A

What are the benefits of pediatric dental exams?

Pediatric dental exams are important from the moment your child’s very first tooth erupts. The sooner you get your little one in for an exam, the earlier they become accustomed to the dentist and start developing good dental habits.

Routine pediatric dental exams are beneficial to:

  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Ensure teeth are growing in correctly
  • Treat tooth decay early on
  • Get started on cavity-fighting fluoride treatments

Plus, during each pediatric dental exam, your child learns age-appropriate brushing and flossing techniques, so they can learn to better care for their teeth. 

What happens during a pediatric dental exam?

Pettinato Children's Dentistry is dedicated to providing compassionate care for babies, young children, and even teenagers. Each dental exam is tailored to your child’s needs at the time, as well as their oral health history.

In general, pediatric dental exams include several of the following components:

  • Digital X-rays
  • Oral health screening
  • Professional teeth cleaning
  • Comprehensive dental evaluation
  • Evaluation of thumb sucking or similar habits
  • Demonstration of proper brushing and flossing techniques

If your child’s dedicated dentist at Pettinato Children's Dentistry notices any kind of decay or oral health concern, they sit and talk with you about the diagnosis. Your dentist counsels you and your child about which treatments may be necessary and answer all of your questions. 

How often does my child need to have a dental exam?

The pediatric dentists at Pettinato Children's Dentistry encourage you to bring your child in for their first dental exam no later than their first birthday. Typically, you should plan on scheduling twice-a-year dental exams for your child. 

Of course, if at any time, your little one complains of a toothache, or if you’re noticing changes in the way they’re biting or chewing, don’t hesitate to bring them in before their regularly scheduled exam. 

Pettinato Children's Dentistry understands the busy schedules many families face. The team can conveniently schedule your children’s visits back to back or concurrently, so you won’t have to make as many trips to the office.

Book your child’s dental exam at Pettinato Children's Dentistry directly through the website, or call the clinic to speak with a team member.