Kids might express some trepidation about going to the dentist. You can explain to your child that going to the dentist is normal, and your dentist will take good care of you.
There is a lot to know and keep track of when you’re at the dentist. There are chairs, lights, colors, sounds, and dental tools that a dentist uses during an appointment.
We’ll review a quick guide to the dental tools a pediatric dentist will use when your child sits in the chair during an appointment.
A dental mirror, also known as a special mirror or little mirror, lets the dentist look closely at every angle of your child’s teeth in the front, back, and sides. The small mirror can show signs of plaque build-up, decay, or cavities.
Your child’s dentist might let your child see their reflection in this dental tool to show it’s just like a mirror at home, only it enables you to look at teeth from a view that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
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A dentist has one pointy tool to use, and it’s called a tooth explorer. This tool usually has a hooked, pointed end to let a dentist count the teeth in your youngster’s mouth and also to see if there are any loose ones, as well as check for cavities.
Although the pointy end might seem scary, a pediatric dentist will keep this end of the tool away from your child as best as possible. We might call this tool a tooth counter.
The electric toothbrush with a rubber tip is called a tooth polisher, but our staff might refer to it as a spinning toothbrush. The special cleaning paste used with the polisher makes teeth bright and shiny while protecting them with fluoride.
Dental Water Jet
We use a dental water jet to clean away any unwanted bits of food from your child’s mouth. Our staff might call it Miss Water Whistle because it’s like whistling, only with water instead of air. We’ll use this tool to rinse away fluoride treatments after they are done.
A saliva ejector sucks away any excess water or saliva in your child’s mouth. It may sound and feel weird because when your youngster closes their mouth completely, the suction action works quickly.
We’ll call this dental tool Mister Thirsty because he is very thirsty and takes big drinks of water.
Who can help me with some oral hygiene tips for helping my loved one?
The dentists and oral hygienists at Parkcrest Dental Group will make your child feel comfortable during your youngster’s appointment.
Feel free to reach out to us at any time during office hours by calling (417) 887-1120. We’re happy to assist!