Learn About a Kids’ Dental Cleaning

A kids dental cleaning is one of the best ways to improve a child's oral health and reduce the likelihood of them developing tooth decay. This is such an essential part of oral hygiene that we recommend scheduling these visits twice a year. This allows us to remove plaque and tartar that has built up and to identify early signs of tooth decay so that it can be treated.

Questions about kid's dental cleanings are never a bad thing!

Even though teeth cleanings are relatively standard, we still speak with many parents who are unsure about what to expect or have questions about the process. With that in mind, here are some frequently asked questions and our answers to them.

Is a kid's dental cleaning going to be the same, regardless of age?

No. We tailor these appointments to the age and needs of the child. Small children like toddlers are not going to have the same type of procedures done as a 12-year-old. This is because we understand that the child's needs are different and so are their capabilities.

For example, a small child is going to have a difficult time sitting still for a long appointment and could also have challenges keeping their mouth open. Older children do not have these restrictions. They have more patience and are, therefore, able to tolerate a longer appointment. When a child is younger, the time we have to work in their mouth is limited so we must move quickly to clean as much of their teeth as possible. Parents should feel confident in our ability to work with a child, regardless of their age or capability.

Do baby teeth need to be professionally cleaned?

Yes, teeth need to be cleaned regularly, regardless of if they are baby teeth or permanent teeth. Infants, toddlers, and children can get cavities just like adults can. These cavities can still cause pain and discomfort and also lead to an infection. Cleaning their teeth regularly helps to prevent these issues.

Is fluoride given during these appointments?

It can be. We often recommend fluoride because it is used to strengthen the enamel on the teeth. When the enamel is strong, it is less likely that the teeth will become damaged or suffer from tooth decay. Ultimately, it is up to the parent if they want their child to have fluoride or not.

Will a kid's dental cleaning improve their smile?

We believe so. Children will sometimes look like they have dirty teeth because of built-up plaque and tartar. Cleaning their teeth can brighten their smile and help their teeth to look healthier. This, of course, is more attractive.

Can a dentist improve my child's breath?

Sometimes kids have stinky breath regardless of how often they brush. This issue could be caused by an oral health problem like tooth decay or an infection. If so, cleaning their teeth and treating that issue is going to improve the smell of their breath. In some cases, even cleaning their teeth can improve their breath because it allows us to remove food particles, plaque, and tartar that could be trapped in between their teeth. If these things still do not help, the child could be suffering from dry mouth and needs to have that condition treated in addition to drinking water.

How often does the child need to have their teeth cleaned?

We recommend scheduling a kids dental cleaning twice a year. These appointments are close enough together to allow us to identify tooth decay early and treat it before a child suffers discomfort. In fact, in many cases, this is close enough together to prevent the formation of tooth decay entirely.

Schedule an appointment

We encourage you to call our office and make an appointment for your child to have their teeth cleaned. Doing so is an excellent way to maintain their oral health and to improve it if they are currently suffering from health problems.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Milestones Children & Family Dentistry, request an appointment in our Lutz dental office here: https://www.milestonesdentistry.com. Or call us at (813) 518-0641.

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