Prophylaxis (Dental Cleanings)
Regular cleanings are imperative to the health of your child’s teeth. We recommend that all of our patients receive regular dental exams and cleanings every six months. Through these visits, we remove any buildup of plaque and tartar, ensuring that gums remain healthy and teeth stay free of cavities. These visits also allow us to look for warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer by both physical examinations and X-rays. We are also able to polish your child’s teeth, removing any plaque or stains that was missed during regular brushing at home.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. It is regularly found in foods and water sources, as well as leading toothpastes, mouthwashes, and our treatments. Fluoride is one of the most common and efficient means of prevention with a child’s developing teeth.
Though use of fluoride is standard, the treatments vary depending on the patient’s case. Sometimes applications could be repeated every 12, six, or three months. We recommend fluoride use for patients with increased risk of tooth decay, which includes the following:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Active cavities
- Poor diet
- Tooth enamel defects
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Eating disorders
On occasion, we may recommend the use of a mouth guard to correct bad habits, such as thumb and finger sucking, pacifier use, and tongue thrusting. Ending these habits early on is important to avoid later alignment issues.