The Importance of Pediatric Dental Cleanings

The Importance of Pediatric Dental Cleanings

Keeping up with professional dental cleanings twice a year is super important for children's overall dental health. Just because their baby teeth will fall out anyway does not negate the importance of regular cleanings. Our pediatric dentists at Victory Smiles in Houston highly encourage our younger patients to take extra care of their teeth as soon as their first teeth emerge. 

Kids Are More Prone to Cavities

Although this can often be attributed to kids eating more sweets and treats, this is not the only reason why kids dentists tend to see more cavities. Childre who have just started maintaining their own oral health routine may sometimes have a hard time remembering to brush their teeth twice a day and floss on their own.

Another reason we often see kids with cavities is because flossing can be hard for them, and not flossing enough can lead to bleeding and pain as a result of plaque build-up. Ironically, this only discourages flossing. However, plaque build-up is the primary cause of cavities.

Pediatric Dental Cleanings As Preventative Care

Although we recommend for kids to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day because it will prevent cavities and keep their teeth and gums healthy, this will never truly get rid of everything stuck on, behind, and in between their teeth and gums. It's no one's fault; it's just simply not possible. For our cleanings, we use professional, state-of-the-art equipment that offers a deeper cleaning. We use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar gently and more efficiently than your chid's toothbrush and floss can. 

Coming in for regular cleanings with our kids' dentist helps ensure that your child's baby teeth are strong and healthy so that they can chew and speak comfortably. A comfortable child is a happy one, which is why we examine their teeth throughout the cleaning process. Illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular problems, gum disease, and even some cancers can show early signs that are noticed during their regular cleanings. It's imperative to know the early signs so that we can help resolve the issue before it becomes a greater problem.

Visit Our Pediatric Dentist at Victory Smiles

We recommend kids start going to the dentist when their teeth first start to emerge to ensure proper health from the start. However, we recognize that the oral checkups can be scary for children. Our pediatric dentists are specially trained and know how to reduce the emotional and psychological stress of a dental visit. If you would like your child to get checked by our pediatric dentist in a fun and comfortable environment, please book an appointment with us.