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The Importance Of Regular Dental Cleanings For Kids

The Importance Of Regular Dental Cleanings For Kids

There’s nothing better than seeing the smile on your child’s face. Protecting that smile means more than just ensuring your child brushes their teeth (although that is very important), it also means taking them for regular dental cleanings. Children’s dental cleanings are an important part of children’s dental care as well as their overall health. Bringing your child in twice a year for a dental cleaning can save your child from more pain in the future and can help keep their smile clean, healthy, and bright. Take your child for regular dental cleanings for these benefits.

Regular dental cleanings are just a part of good oral health.
For tips for at-home care read An Age-By-Age Toothbrushing Guide for optimal oral health.

How Dental Cleanings Benefit Children

Teeth Cleaning
The main reason anyone gets dental cleanings is so their teeth and mouth can be fresh and spotless. Even if your child brushes and flosses their teeth twice a day, there are still spots that regular brushing and flossing can’t reach. Dental cleanings are especially important for children, as they are less likely to be brushing and flossing properly  all the time. Dental cleanings get between the teeth, around the gum line, and to the very back of the teeth, all of which are difficult spots for children to clean on their own. Dental cleanings also do a more thorough job and they polish the teeth to help prevent plaque buildup and leave the teeth feeling smooth and looking bright. If dental cleanings are skipped, plaque will continue to build up on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky form of bacteria that clings to the teeth and eats away at the enamel, causing painful cavities. Teeth cleaning also offers other health benefits for your child; read The Importance Of Good Oral Health For Your Child’s Overall Health to learn more

Cavity Prevention
Cavities know no age. From the moment children get their first tooth, they are at risk of getting a cavity. Although no one likes getting a cavity, this can be particularly difficult for children, as cavities also bring toothaches and the need for a filling. For children who are already nervous at the dentist or for children who don’t feel comfortable around loud sounds or unfamiliar sensations, getting a filling can be very unpleasant and can make them fear going to the dentist. If you have a child who is already nervous about dental cleanings, read How To Help Your Child Feel Comfortable Going To The Dentist. To help prevent the pain of a cavity and any potential worries borne out of that, make sure your child gets regular dental cleanings.

Regular Teeth Checkups
Dental cleanings don’t only clean teeth. When your child goes for a dental cleaning, they receive a checkup as well. Your pediatric dentist will look for things like cavities but will also take x-rays of your children’s teeth and check on their tooth development to ensure everything is growing correctly. The dentist will also search for any signs of health issues within the mouth to make sure your child isn’t developing any oral diseases. Since children grow so fast, having a bi-annual checkup is a good way to ensure that everything is progressing as it is supposed to and that if anything is wrong it can be addressed before it becomes a problem.


Calgary Dental Cleanings For Children

Regular dental cleanings for your children are a vital part of children’s medical care. For many children, going to the same dental clinic repeatedly makes the dental cleaning experience better since they get to know the building and staff and become comfortable with the experience. To get dental cleanings for your children from a highly experienced pediatric dentist in Calgary, visit the team at Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary. Our family dentistry clinic is committed to improving the oral health of your children while helping them feel comfortable at the dentist. To book a dental cleaning, call Marlborough Dental Centre at 1-403-248-2066 or fill out the online contact form.



Q: At what age should I start brushing my child's teeth?
A: You should start brushing your child's teeth as soon as their first tooth appears which will be around 6 months.

Q: When should my child visit the dentist?
A: You should book your child's first dentist appointment within 6 months after their first tooth erupts or when they reach the age of 1 year old.

Q: What do I do if my child gets a cavity?
A: If your child gets a cavity they will need a filling, whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. Even though the baby tooth will eventually fall out, leaving the cavity without a filling will lead to more bacteria in the mouth, future dental complications, more expensive treatment, and pain for your child as the cavity can easily cause toothache.


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