shirley checkups for kids

Before the year comes to an end, you should find time for your child’s last checkup and cleaning visit of 2022! This could help your kids begin 2023 with a bright, healthy, and functional smile. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist or orthodontist talks about the benefits of checkups and cleanings for kids.

Schedule a Visit Now

Give us a call to schedule a visit with our team before the hectic holiday season makes finding time for an appointment a difficult process. You can also use any remaining 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire at midnight on December 31st. Let’s work together to ensure your children start a new year with improved oral health and bright smiles!

The First Visit

If your child is around age one, following the arrival of the first primary tooth, we will recommend a simple knee-to-knee lap exam. This is to make sure teeth are eroding properly. Once your child is two, we will suggest a visit every six months to keep a close eye on their smile, and watch for issues that could arise as their smiles grow and change. Our team knows how to speak to kids and help them feel welcomed and comfortable, and will walk them through each step of their exam and cleaning, answering questions and discussing the tools and technology we use. We want kids to enjoy their time in our office, and to look forward to their next six-month visit.


The dental checkup means we use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. Our team can identify areas of concern, such as tooth decay, gingivitis, or problems with the arrival and loss of baby teeth. We also want to make sure permanent teeth can erupt without complication too, limiting the risk of misalignment in their teen years. We will also talk to your kids about good oral health habits, so they can make better decisions for their smiles. Studies show that kids who attend regular visits also have a lower risk of dental anxiety, and will be more likely to continue visiting the dentist in adulthood.


In the same visit, our team will clean the teeth. We remove all plaque and tartar from their smiles, and then polish the teeth. This helps lower the risk of cavities, gingivitis, bad breath, and even teeth stains. If you have any questions, then give us a call today.

Make a Checkup Appointment With Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist

We want to help your children start a new year with a bright and healthy smile. To learn more about offering preventive care for children and teens, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.