Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
Children’s Teeth Cleaning in Los Angeles
At Children’s Dental FunZone we understand that keeping your child cavity free can be difficult. To help achieve this goal it is important to teach children how to brush and floss their teeth correctly from an early age. Parents must also be shown how to help their children, not just with the brushing, but also by providing healthy foods that are less likely to cause dental decay. In addition, the pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental FunZone recommend having your child get a prophylactic teeth cleaning at least twice a year to ensure that food deposits and plaque buildup are removed efficiently. With routine cleaning in the office and healthy oral habits at home, your child will undoubtedly have a beautiful and healthy smile.
What takes place at the cleaning appointment?
At the prophylaxis appointment, the teeth are cleaned using an electric prophy brush and special toothpaste. For older children, an ultra sonic scaler is used to remove calculus. Sometimes hand instruments are used to get to hard to reach places. During the cleaning appointment, fluoride treatment can also be done to strengthen the enamel of the child’s teeth. If a fluoride varnish is used, children can eat right away, but are advised to stay away from hot foods or carbonated drinks, like soda. If fluoride foam is used, children are asked to not eat or drink for at least thirty minutes. Although the chewing surfaces may feel sticky, it is important not to brush off the fluoride because the longer the fluoride is on the teeth, the more effective it will be in strengthening them.
Why bring your child in regularly for teeth cleaning appointments?
Bringing your child in for dental cleanings at least twice a year is a great preventive measure that can keep oral disease at bay. The dentist will be able to detect early signs of problems that could lead to more serious and more expensive treatments in the future.