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Houston Pediatric Specialists

Good oral hygiene is a multi-step process.

With routine cleaning in the office and healthy oral habits at home, your child will undoubtedly have a beautiful and healthy smile.

Keeping your child cavity free can be difficult — we get it! 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, it is recommended that your child gets a cleaning at least twice a year to ensure that food deposits and plaque buildup are removed efficiently.

What Happens During a Cleaning?

For a prophylactic cleaning, the teeth are cleaned using an electric prophy brush and special toothpaste. An ultrasonic scaler may be used in older children to remove calculus. Sometimes hand instruments are used to get to hard to reach places. After the cleaning, fluoride treatment can also be done to strengthen the enamel of the child’s teeth. After fluoride treatment, 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.

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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. The dentist will be able to detect early signs of problems that could lead to more serious and more expensive treatments in the future.