Dental Exam

You and your child can maintain great oral health by following three simple steps: good oral hygiene at home, a healthy diet, and with a regular dental exam. The first two steps must be done at home consistently, but we can help you with the third step.

Regular dental exams are an important step in maintaining or improving your child’s oral health and overall wellness. At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville we provide thorough dental examinations for children of all ages and will work with you as a parent or guardian to address all of your child’s specific dental needs. We will also help provide education and information about oral hygiene and nutrition.

Our dentists are compassionate, caring, gentle, empathetic, and sensitive to the needs of every child, especially those with Special Needs. Keep reading to learn more about our dental examinations and how they can help your child.

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How Do Dental Exams Work?

Our dental exams begin with a simple question, “What questions or concerns do you have?” If your child has a loose tooth, a toothache, or other question, we want to help.

If you’ve noticed your child favoring one side of his or her mouth or wincing when eating hot or cold foods, let us know. We’ll investigate these concerns and work to make sure you’re satisfied with our answers.

A thorough dental exam also includes:

  • Screenings for oral pathology or other abnormalities
  • Evaluation of the growth and development of teeth, gums, and other oral structures
  • Assessment of your child’s orthodontic needs
  • Evaluation of gum disease risk
  • Visual examination of tooth structures for signs of decay and infection
  • Diagnostic x-rays to examine bone structure and identify early-stage decay not visible to the naked eye

After completing our examination, we’ll discuss our findings with you and your child. We’ll explain everything in easy to understand language, including risk factors for disease and decay.

In addition, we’ll spend plenty of time educating you and your child on how to improve their oral health through at-home oral hygiene habits and the nutritional choices you make.

We’ll finish up by discussing our plans for the future, including any recommended treatments or changes to their existing treatment plans.

What Our Patients Say


Amy MoyersChildren’s Dentistry of Charlottesville is a dream come true! My daughter is super shy and the whole staff makes her feel comfortable and at ease..

— Amy M.


Call Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville at (434) 817-1817 or contact us online to learn more about how dental exams can help your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does a child need a dental exam?

For most children, we recommend 2 dental exams every year, about 6 months apart. Of course, if your child needs extensive treatment, more frequent exams might be needed.

My child has Special Needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still do a dental exam?

Yes, most of the time we are still able to perform basic dental exams for children with Special Needs. Our dentists have lots of experience with and enjoy working with children who have special needs, including kids with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, children on the Autism Spectrum, and those who suffer from dental anxiety.

We do our best to help your child relax and receive the care they need. If necessary, we may recommend nitrous oxide or other sedation dentistry techniques to complete the dental exam. If you have questions or concerns, please ask. We want you and your child to be completely comfortable throughout your visit.

Do you recommend combining a cleaning and exam into one visit?

In most cases, yes! Thorough cleanings go hand-in-hand with dental examinations and for most kids, fewer trips to the dentist means less stress. That said, if your child has Special Needs, a few shorter visits may be better than one longer one.

What are some things to look out for between dental exams?

While we recommend 2 dental exams each year, there are a few things to watch out for that might warrant an additional exam. These include:

  • Teeth that are suddenly sensitive to hot or cold
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Damage to fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations
  • Pain anywhere in the mouth, teeth, tongue, or jaw
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Persistent bad breath

It’s always better to err on the side of caution. If you wonder whether your child needs to come in for an exam, just ask. We’re here to help.

Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?

Yes! We accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:

  • Anthem
  • Metlife
  • Guardian
  • United Concordia
  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna

What do I need to prepare for my child’s dental exam?

Preparing for a dental exam is pretty simple. You should:

  • Be ready to discuss your child’s complete medical history with his or her dentist
  • Provide a list of all medications your child is taking (prescription and over the counter)
  • Let us know about any sudden changes in your child’s health (such as developing a cold or flu)
  • Make sure your child is wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Bringing a favorite toy or blanket for your child to help relieve their anxiety
  • Come prepared with questions and concerns about your child’s health to discuss with his or her dentist
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Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville is a fantastic dental practice. Very nice and friendly staff. I’m super picky when choosing places to take my child and I definitely think they’re top notch!

–Julie R.

Call (434) 817-1817 to Schedule Your Appointment

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