In spite of the fact that your child should be taken to the dentist on a regular basis around the age of one, their first dental cleaning will most likely take place a little later once the bulk of the baby teeth has emerged.
For this reason, the initial cleaning is typically performed during the toddler years, when the kid is between the ages of 12 and 36 months. It is at this period that your child's dentist will be able to detect and remove plaque and tartar buildup before they become a serious problem.
Preparing Your Child
It's important to spend some time talking with your child about their dental cleaning before their appointment. Explaining to children the significance of keeping their teeth healthy, and describing what the dentist will do in language that is suitable for their age and stage of development are good preparatory steps.
You might want to try and keep it basic. Providing too many details may cause your youngster to get concerned. Most of the time, we recommend that parents say something along the lines of this:
"The dentist is going to look at your teeth, count them, and make sure they are healthy and strong. The dentist’s name is Dr. Doctor. They are really nice!"
If your child is already worried about going to the dentist, try to avoid using unpleasant words and phrases around them. Be aware that even if you soften the language to describe the discomfort, such as terms like "not too bad" or "only a little," words such as shot, pinch, and needle are more likely to stick in your child's mind.
If dentist appointments are a source of worry for you, try not to express your feelings to your kid during the session. When it comes to responding to new experiences, they look to you for direction. If you appear to be concerned, they will be as well.
During the Appointment
We encourage you to speak with us in advance to let us know a little about your child's personality. Do they have a tendency to be afraid or rebellious when confronted with unknown situations? Does your child have any attachment or developmental concerns that we should be aware of and address during the appointment?
The more information we have, the more we will be able to cater to your child's individual requirements and ensure that they receive the care that they require.
To start the session, we will inspect your child's teeth, jaws, gums, and bite to ensure that they are in good health.
We will then use specialized devices to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, exactly like we do with adult patients.
Afterwards, your dentist will present recommendations for correct brushing and flossing techniques. Whether your child brushes and flosses their own teeth or you still do it for them, it never hurts to get a refresher course on the subject.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have concerning your child's oral health or any impending dental treatments during the visit.
Following the completion of the exam and cleaning, we will schedule any required follow-up visits. Also, if you like, we may schedule the next cleaning and checkup session sooner if necessary.