When Was Your Child’s Last Dental Cleaning (And Why We Ask)?

Was your child’s last dental cleaning recent? Are you having trouble remembering when it was? Unless you’re up to date and exceptionally on target with keeping up with this part of your child’s preventive dental care, our Dallas, TX team would like to review some important details associated with cleanings and with protecting your child’s oral health! Remember: All it takes is maintaining a tight schedule with a few particulars in mind and you can feel completely secure in knowing you’re getting essential tasks taken care of!

How Often They Should Happen

You might already know this but if not, that is perfectly okay! When it comes to dental cleanings, they should be scheduled every six months. This means every six months forever. Yes, even if your kids’ teeth are in perfect condition or seem that way. No matter what! Remember, these cleanings will happen at the same time as a checkup, so you’ll be making trips to our pediatric practice just twice a year for effective, professional preventive dental care that keeps kids’ oral health on track!

If It’s Been A While

You may think of dental cleanings (and checkups) as some sort of formality. However, what you may not recognize is that the six-month marker is important because this portion of preventive dental care really is exceptionally important and beneficial. Let’s review why we like to remind you about keeping up with cleanings:

  • During cleanings, if your child has sealants, we can keep an eye on them (and suggest touch-ups, if ever necessary)
  • During cleanings, we thoroughly remove any plaque or tartar that your child is not able to remove on his or her own, which offers immense protection against problems like gingivitis and cavities
  • We can detect during cleanings whether your child needs to improve with his or her brushing and flossing skills in any particular area

Cleanings Are One Part Of Complete Prevention!

We remind you to schedule your cleanings with our team because they make up one part of a greater whole when it comes to your child’s smile care (and yours, too!). Here’s what you need to realize: If you practice all parts of prevention, you’re on track. If you leave just one out, you are decreasing the value of your other efforts because it will be harder for them to achieve anything. For instance, even if your child brushes and flosses just right, if you miss dental cleanings, plaque and tartar will build up, yielding less effective home care. So, keep up with everything for success!

Set Up Your Child’s Dental Cleaning!

Remember to help your children remember to brush and floss at home, while you remember to schedule the dental cleanings and checkups they require every six months for complete preventive care! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.