Routine professional dental cleaning is a critical part of keeping your child’s smile both healthy and happy. Keith Coe, DDS, of Stagecoach Children's Dental Center in Magnolia, Texas, strives to make these visits enjoyable, helping kids develop a positive attitude about dental health services. If your child needs a cleaning and dental exam, book a visit online or call today.
Dental cleanings offer the chance for a trained professional to remove all traces of plaque and bacteria from your child’s teeth. This includes the spaces between and behind teeth, which aren’t always easy to reach through at-home dental care.
More importantly, dental cleanings occur during the same visit as dental exams. Dr. Coe checks your child’s teeth and other oral tissues to check for signs of dental decay, gum disease, and other issues.
Catching problems like cavities, gum disease, or chipped teeth in the earliest possible stage is the best way to preserve oral health. Most treatments are more effective when started early. In terms of gum disease, the damage is even reversible with early intervention.
Once your child is comfortably seated in the dental chair, the first step of professional dental cleaning is a quick examination. Next, a process called scaling involves using a handheld tool to scrape away any plaque and tartar accumulations.
A polishing using a powered brush and a special gritty toothpaste follows. This sweeps away any remaining plaque and tartar and delivers that sleek, smooth feel associated with professional dental cleanings.
Your practitioner then performs a quick flossing to remove any deposits between teeth. A final rinse freshens your child’s mouth. In some cases, an application of fluoride is the last step in a professional dental cleaning.
Most kids benefit from professional dental cleanings twice a year, which allows Dr. Coe the opportunity to check for signs of concern before decay or disease can advance to a dangerous stage. Issues discovered during these visits can sometimes be addressed the same day or in a follow-up appointment.
Your child also learns how to care for their teeth during these simple office visits. Refining their brushing and flossing techniques over time empowers children and teens to take an active role in their dental health future.
If you have additional questions about dental cleanings or need to schedule a visit for your child or teen, call today to explore appointment availability. Online booking is another easy way to connect with the practice and is available outside of normal business hours.