A professional cleaning does what brushing and flossing alone cannot. Even kids need to have their plaque and tartar removed, which helps lower the risks of everything from cavities to gingivitis. In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist will explain why kids need to have dental cleanings, and what to expect from the procedure.
The Risks of Plaque and Tartar Buildup
Plaque is a bacterial byproduct that coats the teeth, and is created as harmful oral bacteria break down the particles left in our smile by the foods and drinks we consume, particularly the ones left behind by sugary and starchy items. Over time, the plaque will harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove the buildup, and over time, this could weaken outer enamel to cause cavities, or inflame gums tissues to cause swelling and even gingivitis in older children. The buildup could also be related to children falling asleep for bed or a nap with a bottle of milk or a sippy cup of juice, as this coats the teeth in sugars as they rest.
Removing Harmful Buildup
We suggest an infancy visit once the first baby tooth arrives, and routine checkup and cleaning visits usually occur starting at around age two. During the exams, we of course take a close look at the teeth and gums for signs of common childhood oral health issues, including cavities, developing misalignment, and issues with the loss of baby teeth or eruption of permanent teeth. Our team knows how to ensure your child feels calm and comfortable throughout the process, and enjoy their time at the office. The cleaning means we use an advanced ultrasonic scaling device to gently remove all plaque and tartar with vibrations. We also employ a manual tool to remove any bits that remain. The cleaning will leave your child with brighter teeth, fresher breath, and a lowered risk of cavities!
Brushing and Flossing at Home
While brushing and flossing won’t remove any buildup, it can help limit how buildup occurs in between six-month visits, further protecting smiles from cavities and other issues. As babies, you will need to clean their teeth with a cloth or bit of gauze. For toddlers, you will need to assist them with an age-appropriate toothbrush and a rice-sized bite of fluoride toothpaste. Kids should brush twice a day for two minutes, and as soon as teeth sit side-by-side, they need to floss every evening too.
Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock Talks About Keeping Teeth Clean
Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock wants to help your kids maintain optimal oral health. If you want to learn more about preventing oral health issues in your child’s smile, then start by contacting the Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock in Round Rock, TX at 512-733-5311.