The benefits of dental cleanings are just as important for your child as they are for you. In fact, in some ways they are even more important. Your child’s primary (baby) teeth are designed to fall out on a schedule that allows the right time frame for permanent (adult) teeth to grow in. If that schedule is disrupted because one or more tooth have to be removed early, it can lead to problems that have to addressed in order to support optimal dental well-being for her or him. It’s tooth decay that can put those teeth in jeopardy, and our Greenlawn dentist can prevent that with dental cleanings every six months.
It’s not always easy to prevent tooth decay in children. Sugar seems to be in so many foods and drinks. And even if you are perfect in making sure that he or she brushes after meals and that thorough flossing is done daily, plaque can still hide and avoid all efforts at oral hygiene at home. It’s that film-like substance, plaque, that erodes tooth enamel, causing tooth decay that forms cavities. And while our Greenlawn dentist can fill a cavity easily and effectively, especially if it’s caught while still small, it is best to avoid those cavities entirely. For one thing, no child appreciates the Novocaine needle or the drill, both of which are utilized in placing a filling. It’s necessary, but far from ideal.
Pediatric dental cleanings at least twice per year allow our Greenlawn dentist to eradicate all plaque (and its hardened form, tartar) from between your child’s teeth and in gum pockets. This is essential, because as long as plaque and tartar remain, they are working to eat away at her or his precious enamel.
Plaque and tartar are also the primary culprits for causing gum disease. Irritation, inflammation, and even infection can ensue if they are not eliminated regularly. It is the goal of our Greenlawn dentist to help keep your child’s teeth and gums strong and healthy. Regular dental exams and cleanings make for a very efficient strategy to reach that goal. And unlike getting a filling, dental cleanings don’t cause any discomfort or pain. It’s a valuable method for your child, any way you look at it. Call us today and schedule one for him or her.