Your child should start seeing a pediatric dentist by age one or within 6 months of losing their first baby tooth—whichever comes first. But it’s also important that they continue to receive preventive care throughout their childhood. The American Dental Association recommends that children (and adults) receive regular teeth cleanings. In general, we recommend patients see us every 6 months.
During your child’s dental cleaning, we’ll explain each step so your child always feels safe, comfortable, and in control of their treatment.
First, we’ll use a dental instrument called a scaler to gently scrape away any plaque or tartar from your child’s teeth. While you can remove plaque at home by brushing and flossing, only a dental professional can remove tartar.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that lives inside the mouth. If your child neglects their oral hygiene, this plaque can harden into tartar and cause cavities.
Next, we’ll use a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered toothbrush to polish your child’s teeth. As a final step, we’ll floss your child’s teeth and prepare them for their dental exam from Dr. Kim.
During the exam, Dr. Kim will examine the inside of your child’s mouth and also look at any X-rays we may have taken during the appointment.
If we detect any issues with your child’s oral health, you’ll be notified right away. That way, Dr. Kim can help you understand your child’s treatment options.
It’s a misconception that baby teeth aren’t important.
Baby teeth hold space in the jaws for your child’s permanent teeth. But when your child loses a tooth too early, the other teeth can drift into the space and block teeth that have yet to erupt. This leads to crooked, crowded teeth.
Your child’s baby teeth will also help them chew and speak—both of which are essential to their growth and development.
As a pediatric dental office, we want to help your child build a strong foundation for oral health. This starts by reinforcing healthy habits like brushing their teeth twice a day. It also starts by making sure your child sees our pediatric dentist at least every 6 months.
Ready to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment for your child? Our pediatric dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, would be more than happy to help your child maintain a healthy smile. Call Pediatric Dentistry of Michigan at (616) 447-7900.