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Pediatric Dental Cleanings
How often have you heard how important it is for you to brush and floss your teeth, or that you should have your teeth cleaned and examined every six months? Did you know that these oral hygiene habits are just as important for your child as they are for you? Just like you, your child should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It is also crucial that they receive regular professional care as well. At Puyallup Pediatric Dentistry, we can provide your child with the specialized care that they need to keep their mouth healthy. This care also includes pediatric dental cleanings.
When Should My Child Start Pediatric Dental Cleanings?
The first time a child should visit a dentist is often earlier than most parents think. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a dentist see a child for the first time six months after the eruption of their first tooth, or by the age of 1, whichever one occurs first. The first dental visit and the next few after are not very long. The goal of these visits is to get your child accustomed to our office and us so that they feel comfortable. After the first few visits, then we begin a regular cleaning schedule.
How Often Should Dental Cleanings Be Done?
Just like you, it is recommended that your child have their teeth professionally cleaned, and examined every six months. With regular visits, we help your child to eliminate all buildup from their teeth, further aiding in the prevention of serious oral health issues. We are also able to ensure that their little mouth is developing properly.
Why are Pediatric Dental Cleanings Important?
Even though baby teeth are only temporary, taking good care of them is essential. In addition to brushing and flossing, regular pediatric dental cleanings help to ensure that the baby teeth remain healthy and stay in the jaw until the adult teeth are ready to start erupting. If your child loses a baby tooth too early, it can cause complications with the developing adult teeth, which can lead to issues such as misalignment.
In addition to cleaning their teeth, we also use dental cleanings to stress the importance of good oral hygiene practices to your child. We can work with them, and with you, to show them how to properly brush and floss their teeth. Helping your child to develop good oral hygiene habits early will help to ensure that they maintain these good habits all through adulthood.
What to Expect During a Pediatric Dental Cleaning
Pediatric dental cleanings are fairly straightforward procedures. We first scrape the teeth to remove plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris. Next, we polish the teeth to a smooth, beautiful shine and floss between them. Finally, we can apply a fluoride treatment, which strengthens the enamel and helps your child to better prevent cavities. We take the time to talk your child through the cleaning process so that they know what to expect. This can greatly help to alleviate any anxiety or fear your child may be feeling, helping them to feel much more comfortable.
With pediatric dental cleanings, we can help your child to develop good oral hygiene habits that will help to ensure that their growing mouth remains healthy. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule an appointment for your child, call Puyallup Pediatric Dentistry today at (253) 466-1696.