Children’s Teeth Cleaning
Adults aren’t the only ones who need help keeping their teeth clean. Oral health conditions like gum disease and tooth decay effect patients of all ages. Through regular cleanings, our team can keep your little ones teeth strong so they can enjoy the important fruits and veggies they need to grow healthy bodies.
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Your Child’s Dental Check-Up
At Smileville Family Dental we thrive to provide the best experience to your child. If you prefer we will be gladly schedule a consult appointment at your request before the first appointment to provide tips on how to prepare your child for their first dental check up and cleaning. We have included some of the commonly asked questions here to make it easier to understand what to expect.
Pediatric Teeth Cleaning FAQ
What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a specialist who attends two or three years of training after finishing dental school. We are best able to treat children of all ages, from infancy to the age of 18, as we are most familiar with the special needs that a growing mouth presents.
What can I expect at my child’s dental cleaning appointment?
Your child’s dental hygiene appointment will be much like yours — very comfortable and quick. During pediatric teeth cleaning, tartar, if any and plaque is removed from the teeth, which are then brushed, flossed, and polished. We also examine the teeth for decay and, if necessary, recommend treatment.
Are x-rays safe for my child?
Yes. While all x-rays expose patients to some radiation, dental x-rays have very low radiation when compared to other medical tests. In addition to that, we only perform x-rays when absolutely necessary — usually to detect fracture or decay, and at regular intervals as part of the dental exam process.
Will I be able to stay with my child during the teeth cleaning process?
Yes. At Smileville Family Dental, we anticipate that parents want to accompany with their child as they experience different aspects of their dental visit.
What if my child is nervous about visiting the dentist?
It is not uncommon for children (and adults!) to be afraid of visiting the dentist. You can help your child have a good experience by preparing them before the visit by positive talking about the visit and modeling going to the dentist yourself. You can help him or her to understand that the visit will be pain-free, and that we will explain everything that we are doing during the appointment. Our office is colorful and kid-friendly, and most children end up having fun while they are here!
Do you have any tips for getting my children to brush their teeth regularly?
Again, role modeling is key. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily yourself with them. This helps establish good oral hygiene routines. You can also make it fun by listening to music, allowing your child to pick out toothbrushes and toothpaste, and visiting the AAPD’s (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) website for fun and games: mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are made of clear resin, which is painted onto the deep crevices of the posterior teeth, which are common sites for dental cavities. This protects the teeth for many years from decay.
Is fluoride safe for children?
Yes. Not only is fluoride safe for children, it is also essential for their health! Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can protect and strengthen tooth enamel. It has greatly reduced decay in the pediatric population over the years and using it is an important part of proper oral hygiene.
Why is it important to take care of baby teeth when they are going to fall out anyway?
Healthy baby teeth are responsible for making space for adult teeth and for proper development of the jawbone, muscles and speech abilities. Untreated cavities and decay in primary (“baby”) teeth can lead to infection which affects the growth of permanent teeth that are developing behind them and highly increase the chance of decay on those teeth.