The Importance of a Pediatric Dental Cleaning

A pediatric dental cleaning is a proactive measure to promote excellent oral health in children. Pediatric dentists generally advise parents to schedule routine dental checkups for their children, preferably once every six months.

These routine visits allow the dentist to monitor different aspects of your child’s oral health. The dentist also gets to chart the growth and development of the child’s mouth, allowing them to catch oral health problems in their earliest stages should they occur.

What to expect from a pediatric dental cleaning

Dental cleaning is the third and final step of a routine dental checkup. If the dentist finds any dental problems at this stage, they will recommend a corrective procedure. If the child’s teeth are in good shape, the dentist or hygienist will:
  • Scrub their teeth, using mild but gritty toothpaste and a gentle toothbrush or soft cloth
  • Gently floss between the teeth
  • Rinse the teeth
  • Apply sealant or fluoride to protect their teeth
Pediatric dentists will take every possible measure to make the procedure a calm and stress-free process.

Benefits of pediatric dental cleaning

Teeth cleaning is part of a package deal that includes a dental exam. This preventative treatment comes with the following benefits:

The dentist gets to monitor the growth and development of the child’s mouth

The exam phase of a routine dental checkup will sometimes include x-rays. A pediatric dentist will use these images to chart the growth of the child’s jaws and teeth. X-rays also provide information that dentists use to spot orthodontic problems in their earliest stages.

Dental cleaning prevents plaque and tartar accumulation

The surfaces of some teeth are hard to reach because of their position in the mouth. Children with orthodontic problems may also have a hard time cleaning hard-to-reach nooks that form between crooked teeth.

Pediatric dentists make sure to clean every surface of every tooth, which prevents the accumulation of plaque and tartar. This protects against dental problems like cavities and gum disease.

Routine dental cleaning comes with cost savings

Dental cleaning is more affordable than treatment for cavities, missing teeth, or gum disease. Also, a child who sees the dentist for routine dental checks will more likely keep the habit into their old age.

This oral habit goes a long way to ensure good oral health for a lifetime. Teeth that require few dental procedures cost their owner very little money.

Frequently asked questions about pediatric dental cleaning

Planning to take your child in for pediatric dental cleaning? Here are answers to some of the questions you might have:

1. Why is it important to have my child's teeth cleaned by a dentist?

It is important to have your child's teeth cleaned by a dentist because it helps to prevent cavities and tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that children have their first dental visit within six months of getting their first tooth, or by their first birthday.

2. How often does my child need to have their teeth cleaned?

Your child should get their teeth cleaned every six months, or as recommended by their dentist. During the appointment, the dentist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. They will also polish the teeth to help prevent future stains and decay.

3. What should I expect during my child’s dental cleaning appointment?

The dentist will first examine your child's teeth and gums. They will then use a small, soft brush to clean the teeth. The dentist may also floss your child's teeth and apply fluoride to help prevent decay.

4. Is dental cleaning painful?

No, dental cleaning is not painful. Your child may feel a little pressure during the cleaning, but it should not be uncomfortable. If your child is apprehensive about the procedure, the dentist may use a numbing gel to help ease their discomfort.

5. How can I help my child avoid cavities and tooth decay?

You can help your child avoid cavities and tooth decay by teaching them to brush and floss their teeth regularly. You should also ensure they are eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary snacks and drinks.

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