Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Dental Cleanings for Children

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on June 20, 2019

Child at a dental cleaningProfessional dental care helps patients maintain good oral health for a lifetime. To set the course for good oral hygiene habits, routine dental exams and cleanings should start during childhood. Understandably, many children are anxious to go to the dentist, which leads some parents to neglect important pediatric dentistry services, such as dental exams and cleanings.

At Dowell Dental Group, we create a caring and comfortable atmosphere that makes our pediatric patients feel safe while they undergo dental treatment. Our dental cleanings for children support good oral health, teach proper oral hygiene habits, and detect dental problems early on so that our Minerva, OH patients can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.

When Should Dental Cleanings Start?

Many parents wait until their child has all of their baby teeth before they schedule their first dental exam and cleaning. Most children do not have their full set of primary teeth until they are between two and three years old. If a child is not seen by a dentist until they have all their teeth, they are actually getting a pretty late start on dental care.

The American Dental Association recommends that children have their first dental examination within their first year, or within six months of their first tooth erupting.

How Often Should I Schedule Cleanings?

As with adults, children should have a professional dental cleaning twice a year. By scheduling exams and cleanings regularly, parents can set the foundation for a positive relationship between their child and the dentist.

Routine appointments also allow our dentists to detect any potential dental complications early on so they can be treated before they progress. With preventative dental care, our pediatric patients can maintain a strong and healthy smile throughout their childhood and teenage years.

What to Expect at Your Child’s Cleaning

When children come to our Minerva practice for dental cleanings, their comfort and security is our first priority. Our dentists are gentle with our pediatric patients, and we will explain every stage of the examination and cleaning process as we go.

The appointment will begin with a visual examination of the teeth and gums. Our dentists will look for any signs of cavities, gum disease, overcrowding, or other spacing issues. At least once a year, a dental exam will include dental x-rays that give us a look at the jawbone and tooth structure. X-rays are helpful in diagnosing dental complications that are not noticeable through a visual examination.

The appointment will continue with a cleaning. Our dentists will gently clean the teeth to remove any plaque or tartar that may have built up around the teeth or gums. The teeth will then be polished to create a smooth, shiny surface. Most pediatric dental cleanings end with a fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps prevent dental cavities, which are the most common dental concern for children.

Learn More

If you have more questions about pediatric dental care or any of our other general dentistry services, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also schedule an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at Dowell Dental Group by calling our practice.

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We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. Dr. Dowell is available around the clock to help in the event of an emergency. Please call our main line for more information.

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