"Creating and caring for beautiful little smiles since 1975"

Dental Exams & Cleaning

Dental Services for Children – Des Moines & Ankeny

Avoid facing a dental emergency and scrambling around Des Moines to find a dentist with last-minute openings, let alone in your network. At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Iowa, we encourage prevention with our regular cleaning services and oral examinations. When your child comes in for their check-up, our friendly staff and dentists will take them to our comfortable exam chairs. You are welcome to accompany your child for the cleaning, especially for younger children, apprehensive children, or children with special needs. Simply let the dentist know, and we’ll find a comfortable seat for you.

Pediatric Oral Exams and Screenings

If your child is new or this is their first check-up within the year, the dental hygienist will first perform an x-ray scan of your child’s teeth so we can have the most up-to-date screening of your child’s oral health. Any check-ups within the year after this visit don’t require x-rays depending on your child’s oral health. Be sure to check with your dentist. These x-rays are performed to detect tooth decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss, and other oral diseases. Your dentist will review the x-rays with you at each visit to explain his findings and let you know if anything has changed. If any next steps need to be taken, he’ll walk through those with you and let you know when your child’s next x-ray will be needed.

Once your dental hygienist takes the x-rays, she’ll then examine your child’s mouth for any signs of oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and any previous work completed on your child, such as fillings or crowns. She usually just checks on the overall look of your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw. After everything looks good, she’ll move on to the cleaning!

Teeth Cleaning Process

At every check-up, your child will receive dental cleaning to ensure they leave our office with a brighter, cleaner, happier smile. Our dental hygienist will be thorough but gentle when working on your child’s mouth. In each cleaning, she will remove the hard-to-reach tartar and plaque and finish everything off with a nice polishing of the teeth. She will then explain easy and effective tooth-cleaning techniques, giving every child a new colorful toothbrush. Be sure to schedule your child’s next visit with us in Des Moines or Ankeny!