Babies and young children are not invulnerable to oral health problems. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report in 2005 stating that tooth decay is the most common disease among kids between the ages of 5 and 17.
Our office focuses on total preventive care for our patients. It starts with regular dental cleanings and checkups, and continues in your home by establishing proper oral care habits and routines.
We want to help your child achieve and maintain optimum oral health. We do this using our expertise and innovative tools, as well as by educating our young patients (and their parents/guardians) how to properly brush, floss and clean their teeth at home.
You should begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Most infants have their first tooth by 6 months of age. Using a soft washcloth, clean your baby’s teeth after each feeding. If your child already has more than one tooth, you can start using a small-bristled toothbrush (age-appropriate) and soak it in warm water before using it on their teeth.
We encourage you to take your child to a pediatric dentist as early as possible to establish a long-term dental care plan, which includes routine dental cleanings and exams.
These are necessary to help your child maintain good oral hygiene and avoid tooth decay and disease. During the exam, our friendly dental hygienist will discuss your child’s oral hygiene routine and will educate you and your child on good brushing and flossing habits and on what foods and drinks are best for your child’s teeth.
After examining your child’s mouth, they will then perform oral prophylaxis. The teeth are cleaned using a special toothpaste and an electric prophy brush. For older kids, they may use an ultra scaler to remove plaque and calculus. We may also provide Fluoride treatment in order to strengthen your child’s teeth.
Our pediatric dentists follow the guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry which recommends that children should have a professional dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year to ensure that plaque and tartar are removed.
We use a state-of-the-art digital dental x-ray machine to take x-rays during routine cleaning appointments to thoroughly examine your child’s mouth. X-rays help us find cavities hidden between the teeth, as well as survey any erupting teeth, diagnose potential bone issues, evaluate injuries and plan an orthodontic treatment, if needed.
Following the cleaning, fluoride treatment and x-rays, Dr. Mannella, Dr. Giancona or Dr. Russo will review any new x-rays, examine your child’s mouth visually for problems and discuss any issues that may need further treatment.
Our dental exams and cleanings are done with not only your child’s oral care in mind but also with the goal of making the dental visit a positive emotional experience for your child as well. We know that early first dental experiences shape a child’s future attitude toward their oral care, and our mission is to start every child off on the right path to a lifetime of good oral care.
Why regular dental cleanings are important:
- Promotes healthy gums.
- Eliminates halitosis (bad breath).
- Helps maintain a white and a cheerful smile.
- Helps promote a healthy dental lifestyle.
- Helps in the early detection of oral problems.
- Helps prevent oral cancer.