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.
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.
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.
The following questions are those we get often from concerned or curious parents.
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.
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.
The three most important things you can do to prepare your child for a teeth cleaning appointment are:
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.
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.
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.