Routine dental cleanings are essential for a lifetime of healthy smiles! At Dentistry for Children Virginia, each appointment is used to teach your child how to brush and floss and discuss the importance of a great dental health regimen. Our dental cleanings provide an opportunity for discovery and help each patient learn and talk through each step of the appointment.
At Your Cleaning Appointment
Our talented and passionate dental hygienists perform each cleaning, and use various instruments to help clean off stains, tartar, and plaque from your child’s teeth. Our dental hygienists discuss each instrument’s function and describe their role in helping your child have healthy smiles for life. As our hygienists work through your child’s cleaning, they will assess any potential problems that need extra attention and recommend necessary treatments, such as fluoride and sealants, to protect your child’s healthy smile.
Bi-annual dental cleanings give our dental team time to discuss healthy habits with your child. During their visit, we will discuss the importance of good habits like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and smart snacking. Before you go, your child will get to pick out a prize as a reward for their bravery!
Why are Regular Dental Cleanings Important for Kids?
Even though regular brushing and flossing are essential to great oral health, regular dental cleanings provide an opportunity for your child to get a deeper clean and allow your dentist to treat any potential problems early. We recommend regular dental cleanings every 6 months for all of our patients. Routine dental cleanings allow our dental team to continue their focus on preventative care. Our team can see problem areas that you may not notice at home and can take care of them before they become more serious.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning Appointment for Your Child Today!
Contact Dentistry for Children Virginia today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. Our team is here for your child’s needs!
Kids Dental Cleanings FAQ
When Can Toothpaste be Used to Clean a Child’s teeth?
You can use toothpaste starting at birth! Begin by cleaning your child’s gums using an extra soft toothbrush or a warm cloth and water. Once your child’s first tooth erupts, you may use a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. For children 3 years of age and up, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to brush their teeth.
What is a Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatment is a simple and quick application procedure done right in the dentist’s office! Fluoride treatment, typically a gel or varnish, is painted onto your child’s teeth following a cleaning and strengthens the enamel on their teeth. Fluoride treatment helps fight against cavities and tooth decay, keeping your child’s smile happy and healthy!
Can Cavities be Avoided?
Although cavities do happen, here are a few ways to help minimize your child’s risk of getting cavities:
- Avoid sugary foods
- Brush twice a day
- Floss daily
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste
- Limit snacking – a healthy diet is key!
- Talk to your pediatric dentist about fluoride treatment
How Often Should We Change a Toothbrush?
Our dentists recommend changing out your toothbrush every 3 months. This frequency ensures your toothbrush is in optimal shape to effectively clean your teeth. If your child has gum disease, we recommend changing the toothbrush every 4 to 6 weeks to keep bacteria from harboring in the brush’s bristles.