How Often Should Children Receive Dental Cleanings?
It's generally recommended that your child receive two cleanings per year. And it's vital to begin at a young age, as proper hygiene habits formed young are likely to last into adulthood. Additionally, it will help relieve the dental anxiety that's all-too-common in young people.
And, of course, Dr. Karrie Lee, a board-certified pediatric dentist, would love to help your little one enjoy long-term health and happiness. So contact us today at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry in Aubrey, TX.
Regular cleanings can help prevent more serious future dental issues
It's essential to bring children in for regular biannual cleanings since children may not always adhere to regular brushing and flossing practices. They're also likely to consume sweet, sugary snacks and drinks that negatively affect their dental health. Food particles and sugars may become trapped in all the dental nooks and crannies, and feed bacteria. These bacteria love to hang out together and congregate into an invisible, sticky coating around your child's teeth: the dreaded plaque.
If plaque is left untreated, it proliferates and hardens, turning into tartar, or calcified plaque, which can't be removed by in-home cleaning methods.
And once tartar begins its encroachment, it can cause a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. The resultant infection and irritation cause gum recession, allowing the bacteria even more real estate. As they accumulate, they cause severe damage to the teeth, gums, and other tissues, including potentially the jawbone.
But during a professional, in-office cleaning, Dr. Lee carefully removes any plaque or tartar from your child's teeth, then applies a dazzling polish along with a strengthening fluoride boost.
So don't wait; pre-emptive action gives your child the best chance to enjoy long-lasting dental health and a lovely, confidence-boosting smile. And all you have to do is get in touch with us today at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry in Aubrey, TX.
Routine check-ups also allow our experts to track your child's dental progress
And when you bring your youngster in for a cleaning, we can also track your child's teeth and all the other dental structures, including the jawbone and joints, to check that everything is progressing as it should. By preemptively treating any potential future issue, we can save you and your child a lot of time and discomfort by helping to prevent complications down the line.
We can also talk to you and your child about potentially detrimental habits, including thumb-sucking and pacifier use. These practices are normal for infants, but it's suggested that they be discontinued after a certain age, as prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use can affect the alignment of the emerging teeth and the development of the roof of the mouth.
In addition to a beautifully vibrant smile, good dental health can help your little one do well in school. Problems relating to tooth decay or cavities (the most common childhood dental issue) cause pain, discomfort and can lead to poorer academic outcomes. In fact, these issues account for more than 50 million missed school hours annually.
Give your child the invaluable gift of dental health by contacting us today!
We know you love to spoil your loved ones with all the things life has to offer. So why not give them one of the greatest, most valuable gifts possible: long-lasting dental health and all the benefits that accompany it. Experienced, board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Karrie Lee, and our expert team, are dedicated to your little one's well-being. So reach out to us today at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry in Aubrey, TX to find out how we can best serve you and your family.