Do you need to schedule your child’s next dental visit? Our team at Children’s Dental Specialties can help. We offer dental cleanings for children during routine dental visits in our Worcester, MA, office. Professional teeth cleanings can help give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles, preventing problems like dental decay and gum disease. As with adults, we recommend that children see a dentist often for regular care twice a year for a dental cleaning.
Routine Pediatric Dental Cleanings in Worcester, MA
We welcome children to bring objects that make them more comfortable during their appointment. For example, blankets, toys, and even earphones with music can make the cleaning more comfortable. We also welcome parents to return with their children for their dental cleaning and examination.
Our team will also talk with your child about their hobbies and interests, ensuring they feel relaxed during their cleaning. During a dental cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will scale the teeth, removing bacterial buildup from the teeth and gums. Then, they will brush, rinse, and polish the teeth. We will also provide fluoride varnish and recommend topical fluoride to mineralize teeth and strengthen the outer tooth enamel.
Is a child’s teeth cleaning the same as an adult cleaning?
A child’s dental cleaning is essentially the same as an adult’s teeth cleaning. During a dental cleaning, a hygienist uses special dental instruments to remove plaque and calculus above and below the gum line. Then, the hygienist will polish the teeth and examine the smile. Our office will also give parents and children oral hygiene instructions after cleaning.
When should my child receive a dental cleaning?
A child should come in for their first check-up after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. We will gently check for decay and the proper alignment of their teeth. The first pediatric teeth cleaning will occur within the first couple of years of your child’s life. We will let you know the best timeline for your child’s individual needs.
How can I prepare my child for a dental cleaning?
The three most important things you can do to prepare your child for a teeth cleaning appointment are:
- Practice regular home care
- See a pediatric dentist early
- Get them excited to see the dentist
With regular home care, your child knows that teeth are important and is used to an adult evaluating their teeth. It won’t feel as awkward when they first see the dentist. Additionally, seeing a pediatric dentist in Worcester as early as possible will help your child get used to and be comfortable with seeing their dentist.
Finally, talk about going to the dentist as something fun (remember, we have cool toys to play with and prizes to give away after appointments!) instead of something that should be dreaded. If you’re enthusiastic, your child is more likely to be as well.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Do you need to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning? Contact our office to schedule your child’s dental visit. Request a dental appointment at Children’s Dental Specialties online or call (508) 625-5534.