Cleanings are the cornerstone of good oral hygiene for kids of all ages. Not only do these visits allow hygienists to remove plaque and help keep teeth healthy, but it’s an opportunity for the dentist to examine everything and teach your child healthy habits for home.
We are happy to answer any questions parents have along the way, and will include parents in conversations about those healthy habits. After all, children taking care of their teeth is easiest if those habits are reinforced between visits.
In particular, we’ll help your child learn the right ways to floss, brush all teeth properly, and think about the foods they eat in relation to their brushing habits.
We recommend a dental cleaning visit twice per year so we can keep those teeth plaque-free and stay connected to your child’s development.
How do cleaning visits work?
We’ll begin by having you and your child meet the hygienist, show them around the office, and take a few minutes to get to know them. We’ll explain how the cleaning works so they’ll know what to expect, and when they’re comfortable we’ll begin polishing your child’s teeth with a special electric brush.
For older children we may use a scaler to remove plaque buildup.
After those parts are finished we can also apply a fluoride treatment to help protect your child’s teeth from sugars and acidity.
We also recommend dental sealants as part of one of your child’s early visits. Sealants are painless and quick to apply, and provide lasting protection for the teeth that extend beyond typical fluoride treatment.