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Pediatric Dental Cleanings & Exams
in San Antonio, TX

Scheduling regular preventive dental care for your child can greatly enhance their overall oral health. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and patients can prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems by establishing positive dental habits early on. To schedule your child’s next visit with our office, please give us a call or send us a message, and we will be happy to find a convenient time for you to come see us!

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How often do kids need teeth cleanings and exams?

Children should visit their dentist for routine teeth cleanings and dental exams at least twice per year, just like adults. Regular cleanings are important for removing plaque before it harms the teeth and/or gums. Even with thorough brushing and flossing at home, cleanings by a dental professional are essential for cleaning hard-to-brush areas around the gum line and in between the teeth. Dental exams are also important for identifying and treating dental issues in their early stages before they can develop into more serious problems that are harder to treat.

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How long do pediatric dental exams and cleanings take?

Your child’s visits will likely take around 45 minutes, give or take. At Brooks Pediatric Dentistry, we always aim to complete our care at a pace that patients are comfortable with and explain our treatments in kid-friendly terms. If your child is receiving a fluoride treatment or having dental sealants applied to their teeth, that may make their visit longer. We also try to offer same-day treatment post-diagnosis whenever possible, so if we detect tooth decay or another dental issue during their exam, providing restorative care would extend their visit as well.

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Are kids’ teeth cleanings and exams covered by insurance?

If your child has dental insurance, their routine dental visits are likely completely covered by their benefits. Many dental insurance plans cover fluoride treatments and dental sealants for children as well, which we recommend taking advantage of. If your child does not have dental insurance, our office accepts other payment methods like FSAs, HSAs, and Medicaid, which can be used to cover the cost of your child’s preventive care. Cleanings and exams are important, so if you have any financial questions for our team, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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