A Back-to-School Dental Cleaning for Your Child

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Schedule a back-to-school dental cleaning to help give your child a boost in their confidence before summer is over. Research has shown that a confident smile can increase self esteem and performance. Think you just don’t have time for this before summer is over? Think again! Most dental cleanings only take between 25 and 30 minutes. A routine dental cleaning includes scaling, cleaning, polishing and more. Every child can benefit from a healthier mouth! Call us for a consultation today to learn more about the power of dental cleanings for you or your child.


What Is a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings are some of the most common treatments we give our patients and a treatment that every single patient can benefit from. A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings only take 30 minutes or less, so they work with most schedules. The American Dental Association recommends that these cleanings should be performed every 3-6 months to prevent excessive plaque buildup depending on your history of, and susceptibility to disease. Children and adults alike generally receive a dental cleaning every 6 months. If oral-health problems are present, you may have to come see us for cleanings and comprehensive exams every 3 months.


Plaque left untreated on the teeth can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A dental cleaning will thoroughly clean the teeth not only with extensive brushing and flossing, but also with scaling and polishing. Our dental hygienists generally perform scaling by hand, but we also have the option for ultrasonic and piezo-electric scalers. If tartar is present on the teeth, we will remove it as well.


What Preventative Care Can You Benefit From?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, a professional dental cleaning can improve your oral health if done at least twice a year. The health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body. Not taking care of your oral health can intensify problems such as diabetes and heart disease or can cause problems such as stroke and seizure. Your oral health really is more important than you know! Start your child off on the right feet for taking care of their oral health for life with establishing the habit of receiving frequent dental cleanings. These cleanings can prevent tooth decay and gum disease from occurring, even in a young child. Frequent cleanings also help remove stains on the teeth and help keep your teeth whiter. Depending on the patient, your appointment might also consist of:

  • Checking bite and alignment as well as chewing and swallowing patterns.
  • Information and referral for orthodontic treatment if early orthodontic treatment is needed.
  • Assessing the existence of gingivitis and providing preventative care for gum disease if gingivitis is present. We have tablets we can give your child so they can see parts of the teeth that need to be cleaned better.
  • Updating and reviewing your medical history and medications your child might be taking in case those medications affect their oral health.
  • A goodie bag with a new toothbrush, floss and other items that will help your child be excited about taking care of their teeth.


What Should You Ask About?

If parents are involved in the oral health habits of their children, then children are more likely to have healthier teeth and gums. Childhood is a great time to establish proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily as well. Parents are the ones that can also help their children with their sugar and soda intake and keeping the teeth clean when these types of foods are eaten.


At your child’s dental cleaning, feel free to ask us about their dental health. It is common for bite and alignment to be off in children and this is a time to ask about any orthodontic issues that could be present. However, there are also many children whose teeth are just fine. We will make sure that the teeth and gums are healthy and will inform you of any problems that are present. Part of the process is taking x-rays, so your child will receive this service when they come in for their cleaning.


What Else Do We Offer?

At Niles Family Dentistry, we offer much more than just dental cleanings. For patients who need them, we also provide sealants and bonding, tooth-colored fillings, nightguards and mouthguards, root canal treatments, oral surgery services, restorative dentistry treatments, periodontal treatments, and cosmetic services such as teeth whitening. In all that we do, we strive to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. Your child is important to us! We also know how important it is for children to start school feeling healthy and having a beautiful, clean smile. Let us help get their smile to shine with a dental cleaning today. Simply call our Niles Family Dentistry office at (303) 652-0400 to schedule your child’s appointment!



Ashley Niles

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