Kids Benefit From Dental Cleanings
Over time, children could develop plaque and tartar on their smiles. Without removal, this could harm their oral health and lead to serious trouble! Which is why your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist recommends a dental cleaning twice a year, starting at age two. In today’s blog, find out what to expect from a cleaning procedure.
How Little Smiles Develop Plaque
When your children consume foods and drinks high in sugar, or snacks and meals high in starch, this leaves particles behind on the teeth. Bacteria will then break them down, a process that creates plaque buildup. This bacterial byproduct could then begin to weaken outer enamel and irritate the gums, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Lack of proper oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing, could allow plaque to worsen in severity, same with a lack of professional cleanings to remove the layer.
The Cleaning Process
We want to see your child once every six months for a visit. During this appointment we not only examine the smile, but we also clean it as well. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, our team will gently and carefully break up and remove all plaque and tartar. We then polish the teeth for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. The entire process only takes a few minutes, but could significantly reduce the risk of cavities and other oral health issues, including bad breath and teeth stains. These visits should start at around age two. If your child hasn’t seen us recently, now is a great time to schedule an appointment.
Good oral hygiene habits at home could also help reduce the severity of plaque in between your routine six-month visits. Kids should brush or have their teeth brushed twice a day, once in the morning and then again at night. Each session should take about two minutes, and use a fluoride toothpaste. You can assist them or monitor them. Some families even find a fun song or video to time them, and make sure everyone is cleaning their teeth properly. Flossing should occur every evening too, as this removes what a toothbrush cannot reach. Try to cut back on their consumption of sugary foods and drinks too!
If you have any questions about keeping little smiles healthy and strong, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help kids of all ages enjoy bright and healthy smiles, and gain a better understanding of their oral health.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Visit
We would like to help children avoid issues that cause discomfort or tooth loss. Set up an appointment with us by contacting your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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