Pediatric Teeth Cleaning in Worcester

Professional teeth cleaning can give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Adults know the importance of regular, professional teeth cleanings. They know that they're necessary to stave off dental decay and gum disease. A child's teeth and gums are susceptible to the same issues that adults face. Therefore, it is vital to their oral health that they see a dentist often for regular care, including a twice-yearly teeth cleaning.

Why Kids Need Regular, Professional Teeth Cleaning

While a pediatric dentist is concerned about and wants to help your child prevent gum disease, their main concern is dental decay.

Children are more susceptible to decay than adults for a number of reasons.

  • - Kids love sweets — and they don't always brush well after consuming tasty goodies
  • - Children aren't always as fastidious as adults when it comes to dental home care
  • - Though the primary teeth are made up of the same components as permanent teeth (enamel, dentin, pulp), the pulp horns (the part of the nerve that extends up toward the cusp of the tooth) is longer. Due to this, the distance between the outer enamel layer and the nerve of the tooth is shorter. What might be a minor cavity in an adult tooth can be something that leads to nerve damage in a child's tooth.

A regular teeth cleaning by a dental professional at Children's Dental Specialties can help prevent cavities, which will protect your child's dentition and prevent painful symptoms of future decay and gum disease.

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FAQs: What You Need to Know About Pediatric Teeth Cleaning

The following questions are those we get often from concerned or curious parents.

Is a Child's Teeth Cleaning the Same as an Adult Cleaning?

Basically, yes, a dental cleaning is the same, whether it's a child's teeth cleaning or adult's teeth cleaning. Using special dental instruments, a dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and calculus (hard, calcified plaque) above and below the gumline.

After the plaque is removed, the dental professional will polish the teeth. We will also perform a dental examination and take any necessary x-rays. Children often receive more detailed oral hygiene instructions and will receive a fluoride treatment at the end of their appointment.

At What Age Should My Child Start Receiving Teeth Cleanings?

A child should come in for their first check-up after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. The dentist will gently check for decay and the proper alignment of their teeth. The first pediatric teeth cleaning will take place within the first couple of years of your child's life. Your dentist will let you know the best timeline for your child's individual needs.

How Can I Prepare My Child for a Teeth Cleaning Appointment?

The three most important things you can do to prepare your child for a teeth cleaning appointment are:

  • - Practice regular home care
  • - See a pediatric dentist early
  • - Get them excited to see the dentist

With regular home care, your child knows that teeth are important and is used to an adult evaluating their teeth. It won't feel as awkward when they first see the dentist. Additionally, seeing a pediatric dentist in Worcester as early as possible will help your child get used to and be comfortable with seeing their dentist.

Finally, talk about going to the dentist as something that's fun (remember, we have really cool toys to play with and prizes to give away after appointments!), instead of something that should be dreaded. If you're enthusiastic, your child is more likely to be as well.

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At Home Dental Health Care Tips

In addition to seeing their dentist every six months, we urge parents to start caring for their child's oral health as soon as they're born. Though your child's baby teeth don't start emerging until around eight months of age, it's important to get in the habit of taking care of their teeth. Not only will you be able to protect your child's teeth when they finally do come in, but you'll also be able to protect their delicate oral soft tissues from sensitivities or yeast overgrowth.

  • - Before teeth come in: After feeding your child, take a damp washcloth and gently wipe the gum tissue of both arches. Obviously, you might not be able to do this after a midnight feeding but do your best to make it a habit throughout the day and especially before bedtime.
  • - After teeth come in: Use a toothbrush made for children as the bristles are softer and the size fits their mouth better. After each meal, gently brush their teeth, using a very small amount (less than a pea-size amount) of toothpaste. Make the process fun by turning it into a game. Play your child's favorite song while brushing so they not only have fun, but know how long to brush. When your child starts brushing their teeth on their own, make sure to observe them carefully to ensure they're brushing properly and thoroughly.
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Schedule Your Appointment with a Pediatric Dentist in Worcester, MA

Our pediatric dentists at Children's Dental Specialties love kids! They know how to keep kids calm and comfortable during a process that, for some, can cause a bit of anxiety. By scheduling a teeth cleaning with a pediatric dentist, you're helping your kids avoid dental anxiety, learn how to keep their teeth healthy, and prevent painful dental issues.

Start Your Kids off on the Right Foot with Regular Dental Cleanings.

Contact us today to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment!