Despite the fact that your child should start to see a dentist regularly around the age of one, their first dental cleaning will probably take place a little later, once the bulk of their baby teeth has erupted.
This is why an initial cleaning is typically performed in the toddler years, when a kid is between the ages of 12 and 36 months. It's during this timeframe that your child's dentist will be able to detect and remove plaque and tartar buildup before they develop into a serious problem.
Preparing Your Child for Their First Dental Cleaning
Before the first cleaning visit, it's important to talk to your child about what will happen during their appointment. Discuss the significance of keeping their teeth healthy, and describe what the dentist will do in child-friendly language that's appropriate for their age and stage of development.
We often recommend to try and keep it basic. Giving too many details may cause a youngster to become concerned. We usually recommend that parents say something along the lines of:
"The dentist will look at your teeth, count them, and make sure they are strong and healthy. The dentist's name is Dr. Doctor. They are very nice!"
If your child is already worried about going to the dentist, try to avoid using unpleasant words and phrases around him or her. However, even if you use softer language to describe the discomfort, such as terms like "not too bad" or "only a little," words such as shot, pinch, and needle are likely to stick in the mind of your child.
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 and tell us 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 have them receive the care that they require.
At the beginning of the session, we will inspect your child's teeth, jaws, gums, and bite to confirm that they are in good health.
In addition, we will use specialized devices to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, exactly like we do with adult patients.
We will present recommendations for correct brushing and flossing techniques. Whether your child washes and flosses his 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.