At Town Square Dental we take preventative dental care for kids and families very seriously. Of all the members of a family, the children are most prone to developing cavities. It is so important that youngsters learn at a very early age proper brushing technique, a minimum of twice each day and once daily flossing to maintain a healthy mouth. In addition, routine dental cleanings should be included in their oral hygiene regimen.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Professional dental cleanings will remove accumulated plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth and below the gum line. At Town Square Dental, we provide a kid-friendly environment with fun décor. Because we understand that your time is valuable and that kids can be impatient, children’s appointments are completed within 40 minutes. Our dentist adheres to strict sterilization practices and always uses new dental tools.
The Pediatric Cleaning Process
A typical pediatric cleaning appointment will consist of:
- Professional teeth cleaning
- Application of sealants
- An oral exam to screen for cavities or other problems
- A dental hygienist will take x-rays through digital imaging
- Our dentist will perform a thorough examination, address any question you may have and make treatment and oral hygiene suggestions
During your child’s cleaning, the hygienist will thoroughly remove plaque from teeth and below the gum, and polish the teeth. Plaque is the sticky bacteria-laden film that accumulates on the teeth, produces acid, and causes tooth decay. The dental hygienist will instruct your child on the proper way to brush and floss provide useful tips on how to prevent cavities.
Dental Sealants for Kids
At about six years of age, the first molars begin to erupt. After about six more years your child will grow another set. When these teeth surface dental sealants may be applied to protect the chewing surfaces of these permanent back teeth. Sealants are an effective long-term preventative measure against cavities and tooth decay. At each routine exam, the sealants will be checked to ensure the protection is still in place. If the dental sealant shows signs of wear, it will be reapplied.
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