During your child’s dental cleaning, the dentist will examine their teeth and take x-rays to look for the presence of cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, or plaque and tartar buildup. They prevent bacteria from penetrating the crevices of your child’s teeth by providing a smooth surface that makes them easier to clean.
If your child does have cavities, they can be filled before the decay worsens and turns into a more complex dental problem which could cost you more money. The dentist can check for signs of infection and bacteria.
It’s no secret that kids are busy during the school year and this can make finding time for dental visits difficult. That’s why it’s best to get it out of the way before the school year even begins. With studying, sports, clubs, and other extracurriculars, other things can get in the way of your child’s bi-annual cleaning and checkup.
Scheduling a cleaning before school starts also ensures that your child won’t have to miss any school. They’ll be set for the next 6 months and can relax knowing they’re in good oral health. Schedule your child’s checkup now so they can focus on schooling.
During your child’s cleaning, we will use professional-grade toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as a scaler to scrape off plaque and tartar buildup. We will then professionally floss in between your child’s teeth so there are no remnants of food particles that can lead to bacteria.
At the end of the cleaning, we apply a fluoride gel to the teeth as a protective layer that prevents cavities and strengthens the teeth. In the early stages, fluoride can even reverse decay.
Check Tonsil Health
It is not uncommon for children to experience problems with their tonsils. If a child's tonsils are too large, they can cause:
- Sleep disruptions
- Increased risk for sleep breathing disorders
- Increased risk of ADD/ADHD diagnosis
If enlarged tonsils are the source of your child’s problems with sleeping or functioning throughout the day, their tonsils could be removed to improve their quality of life. Children with enlarged tonsils are less likely to get enough sleep, which causes hyperactivity. Many children who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD could be experiencing hyperactivity caused by sleep deprivation.
Improved Breath & Smile
It’s not always just about oral health. Your child will feel better about themselves if they know they have clean, white, straight teeth and have fresh smelling breath. Bad breath in children could be a sign of infection or bacteria so this should be evaluated and treated.
Any issues with the cosmetic appearance of children’s teeth that causes embarrassment, such as crooked or discolored teeth can be addressed with braces, Invisalign, or teeth whitening. School is hard enough, your child should feel good about themselves while they’re there.
Schedule Your Child’s 6 Month Dental Cleaning Today!
Establishing a dental routine at this age is important to optimize oral health. This is a great time for your child to learn about the importance of prevention and will save you money in the long run by preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Don’t wait to keep your child’s teeth healthy and free from cavities. Due for a cleaning and check-up? Contact us today at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment!