KIDS DENTAL CLEANINGS
Dental cleanings for your child are an important part of their development. Not only are healthy teeth important to oral health but teeth are also important in developing good eating habits and healthy self-esteem. Children are constantly changing and growing so their dental cleaning visits are great opportunities to check their teeth, gums and growth to make sure that everything is okay.
Cleaning visits are a chance for parents to ask questions, too! We always want you to stay informed about your child’s health. That’s why Dr. Warr consults with each parent after every visit.
These are questions that Dr. Warr will answer at each cleaning visit:
- How do my child’s gums look? Are they healthy?
- Where is my child missing when they brush?
- What are some tips to make sure that my child is brushing better?
- How are my child’s teeth aligned? Will my child need braces?
- Does my child have cavities? Where are they and how can we make sure that he/she doesn’t get more cavities?
- How often should my child get their teeth cleaned?
How do cleaning visits work?
Before we can do a cleaning on your child we need to make sure that they don’t have any medical problems. A good health history is imperative to make sure that your child is safe. It’s also important to make sure that we know what your child will need as they develop. If your child is medically compromised we want to know how we can help to make sure that you don’t have to worry about their teeth. Prevention is always the best policy and that means that we have to start early!
For our toddlers and infants aged 2 and under, we ask one parent to come and sit with your child. This allows parents to see their child’s teeth up close and from a different view. We also get the chance to demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques on your active child!
After your child turns 3 years old, we begin to establish a relationship with them. Three-year-olds love to push the envelope with their independence so we ask that your 3-year-old come back like the big boys and girls. Since we have an open play area and your child can see the other kids, it’s much less frightening than many parents think. When the COVID crisis is over, Mom and Dad can enjoy our relaxation room!
After we measure your child’s growth, we show them their special reclining chair that is especially cleaned just for them. After giving them a cool pair of shades for the “sunlight” (the dental light), we take pictures of their teeth that we can share with them and you. The pictures also give us a good idea of the areas your child may be missing.
The cleaning part of the visit begins with an electric toothbrush to clean and polish each of your child’s teeth. For older kids we may also use a scaler or “scratcher” to remove plaque buildup from their teeth. We finish the cleaning by flossing, rinsing and painting a special vitamin (fluoride) on your child’s teeth. After we take x-rays, your child is free to play with their very own I-pad that is sterilized with UV light or watch TV. During the COVID pandemic the children stay isolated in their special chair situated 6 feet from one another.
We recommend dental sealants if your child hasn’t had them applied to their back molars. Sealants can be put on at your child’s cleaning visit with your permission. If you’re interested in learning more about sealants, please ask our staff as you schedule the appointment and let us know if that’s something you’d like to include in the cleaning appointment.
Teaching healthy brushing and flossing habits
Establishing good oral hygiene habits early on helps prevent cavities, gum disease, poor food choices and poor self image. This is a big part of why we take such an active role in our young patients to help show them the proper ways to take care of their teeth. Parents are also an important part of that process.
That goes for flossing, too! Every child is not the same and each child has different needs when it comes to flossing between their teeth. We will help you find an age appropriate solution for your child’s flossing needs. This will keep cavities at bay!
Other Information Related to Kids Dental Cleanings
There are many preventative measures that you can take when it comes to avoiding decay in your children’s teeth but most of them have to do with diet and dental habits. Dental habits are something that kids often learn from their parents based on how well they see their parents take care of their own teeth, and how strongly they encourage their children to do the same. Read more.