Ongoing Care and Routine Maintenance

The time in between dental exams is just as important for oral health as the time spent in the dentist’s chair. Since you only see a dentist twice a year you should be seeking to establish good oral hygiene habits for you and your family at home. The habits you establish along with seeking regular ongoing care help to ensure that your child maintains a healthy smile!

Ongoing care and routine maintenance are the best ways to identify issues before they become big problems. For example, dental decay can progress very quickly in primary (baby) teeth, so it’s best to catch it early. If we can identify a dental problem in its earliest stage, treatment can be limited to simple procedures that are easier on the patient.

Routine follow-up examinations may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
  • Fluoride
  • A review of all patient educational information

At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we encourage on-going care and routine maintenance for all of our patients. We provide ongoing care for children of all ages, and we are happy to work with you as a parent or guardian to address your child’s specific dental needs.

To help you with ongoing dental care, we also provide education, information, and instruction about oral hygiene and nutrition.

Dental Exam Testimonial

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 Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville at (434) 817-1817 to learn more about how ongoing care and routine maintenance can help your child

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does a child need a dental exam?

Two is the magic number! For most children, we recommend two dental exams every year, about six months apart. Of course, in some cases, more frequent exams may be needed for more extensive dental treatment.


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

Absolutely. In most cases, we are still able to perform basic dental exams for children with Special Needs. Our dentists have lots of experience working with children who have special needs, including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and dental anxiety.

It’s our mission to help your child relax and get the care they need. If necessary, we may recommend nitrous oxide or other sedation dentistry techniques to complete the dental exam. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s needs, please ask. Our goal is for you and your child to be completely comfortable throughout your visit.


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

We recommend 2 dental exams every year. However, between appointments, there are a few things you should watch out for, such as:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Damage to fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations
  • Any kind of mouth pain, including teeth, tongue, or jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Persistent bad breath

If you notice any of these conditions, it may be necessary to schedule an additional exam. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.

If you have any questions about whether or not you should schedule an appointment, just ask. We’re here to help!


Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?

We sure do. We accept Medicaid and all sorts of insurance plans, including:

  • Metlife
  • Guardian
  • United Concordia
  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna
Amy MoyersMy daughter is super shy and the whole staff makes her feel comfortable and at ease. It’s an hour and half drive from our home but so worth it. From the playroom, to the prizes after and allowing me, the hover mom, to be right next to her through every procedure I couldn’t be happier we found Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville!!!

— Amy M.

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