How Often Should a Child Visit the Dentist for Cleanings?

How Often Should a Child Visit the Dentist for Cleanings?

Team Pediatric Dentistry

Just like adults, kids also need regular dental cleaning from a professional. Although your dentist can tell you exactly what is best for your child’s teeth, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends teeth cleaning and a checkup every six months. 

Starting a child early on a path to good oral health and hygiene is a great way to assure good dental and whole body health for a lifetime. Your child should start visiting a dentist right after they get their first tooth, or around their first birthday.

Why is Dental Cleaning Important?

Dental cleaning is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s an important way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental health issues. It’s much easier to get a routine, regular cleaning than to handle dental health issues down the line. A professional dental cleaning will help prevent tooth decay that happens no matter how carefully a child’s teeth are brushed and flossed at home.

Only a professional cleaning can fully remove plaque and tartar and prevent it from reforming quickly.

Regular Dental Cleanings for Good Dental Health

When plaque isn't removed by brushing at home alone, it turns into sticky tartar and hardens into calculus. 

Why is this bad for kids? Tartar holds the germs that cause gum disease and tooth decay, and can create a great deal of havoc on oral health if left to grow. 

Yet simple, routine dental cleanings will keep it at bay. For additional dental health support, after a cleaning, the dental hygienist will polish tooth enamel after removing tartar, creating a smooth and clean surface making it more difficult for new plaque and tartar deposits to form again.

How Professional Cleaning Works for Children

Every six months, or as often as your dentist recommends, a professional cleaning and check up also looks for and prevents oral health problems from developing. During the cleaning process, special tools scrape away the built-up plaque and tartar, including any that form in areas difficult to reach with at-home brushing, such as the area between the teeth and under the gumline.

Then, your skilled dental team looks for any sign of gum issues or disease, as well as for a cavity. During your child’s appointment, we check for any such signs, and will recommend any necessary treatment. We’ll examine and evaluate the development of your child’s teeth, taking note of any possible benefit from any early orthodontic intervention. 

To protect your child’s teeth even more, we can also apply a treatment with fluoride to deter cavities and decay. And we are ready to answer any questions about dental-related issues that you or your child may have, and also demonstrate correct brushing and flossing techniques. We can suggest healthy diet choices to prevent cavities, too.

One more important reason for scheduling regular dental cleanings for your child is this: regular teeth cleaning will make your child comfortable with dental visits from an early age, preventing dental anxiety as your child moves into adolescence and adulthood. 

Want to Learn More about Dental Cleaning for Your Child?

If you want to learn more about dental cleaning and regular dental hygiene care for your child, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, we’re ready to help. Reach out to us today!