One of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your child’s risk of tooth decay and gum disease is to invest in bi-annual cleanings and exams. At Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, in Flanders, New Jersey, the expert pediatric dentists provide comfortable, pain-free cleanings in a warm and inviting office environment. Whether you’ve recently moved to the area or simply want to establish pediatric dental care with a new provider, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Most toddlers have a full set of baby teeth by the time they’re three years old. Once this occurs, it’s important to schedule professional cleanings with the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics every six months.
If your child has symptoms of tooth decay or they suck their fingers or thumbs, more frequent cleanings may be necessary, but your dentist will help you make those determinations.
Dental cleanings are safe and well-tolerated, but it’s perfectly normal for your child to worry or feel frightened. To help ease their anxiety, try and schedule your appointment early in the morning after a restful night’s sleep.
It’s also important to speak positively about the experience. Instead of using words like “pain” or “hurt,” explain that the dentist uses special tools to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy. It may also help to explain that you visit the dentist, too.
Basic dental cleanings at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics typically take between 60-90 minutes and follow a predictable outline.
First, your child’s dental hygienist performs a thorough oral exam. They use a small, handheld mirror to look at their teeth and gums to detect any signs of decay or gingivitis. If everything looks good, they move forward with the cleaning.
Next, your child’s dental hygienist uses another handheld tool, called a scalar, to gently remove any plaque and tartar buildup along your child’s gum line as well as the interproximal areas between their teeth. Your child might hear a scraping sound, but this isn’t anything to worry about.
After removing any plaque and tartar, your child’s dental hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste to carefully polish their teeth, with a high-powered electric toothbrush.
The team offers a menu of different toothpaste flavors and fluoride treatments, so your child gets to choose which flavor they like best. Finally, your child’s hygienist professionally flosses their teeth.
Last but not least, your child’s dentist performs a thorough oral exam. They might also recommend X-rays or molar sealants to prevent cavities in hard-to-clean areas.
Your child leaves the office with a new toothbrush, dental floss, a prize, and stickers. Then the team schedules a follow-up cleaning for six months later.
Regular cleanings are an important preventive measure to protect your child’s teeth and gums. To schedule an appointment, call Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics or click the online booking tool today.