You know that it is important for your child to brush their teeth every day, just as it is important for you to do the same. Brushing and flossing is only part of a complete oral hygiene routine. Along with cleaning their teeth at home, it is recommended that your child have at least two professional dental cleanings every year. At Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry, our team can provide those cleanings for your child, helping them to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
The Importance of Dental Cleanings for Kids
Brushing and flossing at home is essential for the prevention of the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth. If these habits are ignored, your child could be faced with some serious oral health issues. When plaque, a sticky substance that collects on teeth, and oral bacteria are allowed to build up, the acids they produce begin to erode the enamel, causing tooth decay.
Eventually, pits, or cavities, form in the teeth. Untreated, cavities only continue to grow, destroying the structure of the tooth. They can even lead to painful infections. Even cavities in baby teeth can have a serious impact on the oral health of your child.
Brushing and flossing help to keep plaque and bacteria at bay. However, children often have a difficult time thoroughly cleaning their mouths. As a result, there may be some areas that experience buildup, which then leads to cavities. Professional cleanings are important for reaching the areas of the mouth that your child may miss, and keeping plaque and bacteria to a minimum. Along with preventing cavities, cleanings also help to keep the teeth beautiful and the breath fresh.
What Happens at Dental Cleaning?
Dental cleanings are a fairly straightforward process. It is a completely painless procedure. We understand that some children may still be nervous. To help them through the cleaning, we show them the tools, explain how they will be used, and then use them.
Cleaning for your child may also involve the use of fluoride treatments. Fluoride is an essential element in protecting the teeth against the acid attacks from plaque and bacteria. Children tend to be more prone to cavities than adults, making fluoride treatments beneficial. The process for applying fluoride is quick, simple and pain-free.
After the teeth are cleaned, a fluoride varnish is applied to their surfaces. The varnish is left on the teeth, allowing the fluoride to absorb into the enamel. It is recommended that your child abstain from eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes afterward to ensure the best results. If you are interested in fluoride treatments, we can help to determine if they are right for your child.
Professional dental cleanings are an integral part of a proper oral hygiene routine for your child. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry at (316) 202-9629 today.