Growing Smiles

Kelli Henderson dds (785) 856-5600
1425 Wakarusa Drive, Suite D
Lawrence, KS 66049

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Preventing problems before they start

The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of their entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting Growing Smiles for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child visit a pediatric dentist every six months to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy and their smile stays beautiful.

By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your child’s teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

The exam and cleaning

Don't brush off your child’s regular checkups with Growing Smiles! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing Dr. Henderson twice a year is recommended because she can:

  • check for problems that your child might not see or feel (or complain about)
  • find early signs of decay
  • treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable

Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by Dr. Henderson. During the oral exam, Dr. Henderson checks the health of your child’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, Dr. Henderson also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.