A Guide to Pediatric Dentist Teeth Cleaning

Tooth decay is one of the most rampant health issue children face during early childhood. It is not only unsightly. Tooth decay causes pain and could worsen if undiagnosed or left untreated.

Aside from being a painful condition, a cavity can turn into a severe dental infection or gum abscess, affecting the child’s wellbeing. Therefore, preventive care is vital.

Regular preventive teeth cleaning done by pediatric dentists will ensure your child remains comfortable and healthy. Here are some things your child should anticipate during teeth cleaning and ways you can prepare their mind for the appointment.

Pediatric Dentist Teeth Cleaning: What to expect

Consultation and physical examination

Before the dental cleaning process, the dentist will ask you about the child’s medical history. During this time, you will have an opportunity to discuss various aspects that may be worrying. Afterward, the dental expert will carefully examine the child’s oral cavity to check for problems regarding teeth condition, palate, gums and oral tissues.

Plaque and Tartar cleaning

After the initial evaluation, the dental hygienist will use a device called a scaler to clean plaque and tartar deposits from the tooth surfaces and the areas along the gum line. A pediatric dentist knows how to ensure your child remains comfortable throughout the procedure.

Gritty Toothpaste Polishing

After cleaning the plaque and tartar, the teeth will be polished using a powerful toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. Although this stage of the cleaning is loud, it does not feel like anything other than a thorough tooth brushing. The dentist may have your child select their preferred toothpaste flavor such as strawberry or mint. At this stage, any plaque or tartar residues will be cleaned out. The teeth will be polished to a sparkle.

Flossing and Rinsing

The dentist or hygienist will floss the teeth meticulously before rinsing. This is to remove some of the paste between the teeth and ensure thorough cleaning. After flossing, your child will swish their mouth with water to remove residue.

Dental inspection

After cleaning, polishing and rinsing the teeth, the pediatric dentist will re-evaluate your child’s teeth. This is to determine if your child will need repairs at another dental appointment. At this stage, the dentist will check any x-ray images to see if further procedures are necessary.

Fluoride treatment

To ensure your child’s enamel stays strong and healthy, the dental cleaning process will end with fluoride treatment. Fluoride fortifies the bonds in the enamel, ensuring it can fight or withstand tooth decay. For this procedure, the dentist will ask that your child swish a solution of fluoride mouthwash for about two minutes.

Ask about dental sealants

If you want to keep your child’s teeth safe and decay-free, you should talk to the dentist about dental sealants. This solution is painted on the child’s teeth and can be effective for up to ten years

Do you need a pediatric dentist?

If you need a dentist for your child and have nowhere to turn, then call us. We will explain our services and experience to see how we can help keep your child healthy.

Request an appointment here: https://www.milestonesdentistry.com or call Milestones Children & Family Dentistry at (813) 518-0641 for an appointment in our Lutz office.

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