How Often Should My Child Have a Teeth Cleaning?
If you are wondering about the answer to this question, we have the answer for you in this blog. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends getting a teeth cleaning and checkup every six months. This goes for children as well as adults. You should begin taking your child to the dentist after the first tooth erupts or at least by the first birthday.
Why Do Kids Need a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
Good oral hygiene at home and professional cleaning will keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy and strong. Even the most consistent and persistent at-home brushing and flossing cannot reach certain areas. The dentist has special tools to scrape away built-up plaque and tartar in the hard-to-reach places – between the teeth and under the gumline.
Additionally, a pediatric dentist also does a wellness check during a cleaning. The dentist checks for signs of dental disease or decay and recommends any necessary treatment. The dentist also can see if teeth are developing correctly or whether they would benefit from early orthodontic intervention.
Other Benefits to Routine Teeth Cleanings for Kids
Regular visits to the dentist for teeth cleanings help kids become comfortable with dental visits early on. It builds up confidence and comfort levels. So, they are less likely to experience anxiety or fear of going to the dentist in adolescence and adulthood. At Adams and Seaton Pediatric Dentists West Nashville, our adventurous, relaxed, and non-intimidating atmosphere helps eliminate the fear many children associate with dental visits.
More Questions? We Have Answers!
If you have any questions about our dental services, or if you’re ready to schedule your child’s teeth cleaning, contact us today. Don’t forget, regular brushing at home is important, but it’s not enough to keep teeth and gums healthy and strong.