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    Understanding Your Child’s Dental Cleaning Appointment

    Understanding Your Child’s Dental Cleaning Appointment

    Parents should schedule a first dental appointment when their child is between the ages of 6 months and one year old. At this initial visit, Dr. Kimmy will take a quick look inside your little one’s mouth and talk with you about ways to avoid tooth decay and plaque buildup. Daily brushing and flossing are a must!

    Schedule your child’s first dental cleaning today to prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay! Call Dr. Kimmy in Manhasset, NY. 516-365-4-KID.

    Bacterial plaque is a sticky substance that attaches to tooth enamel and can even erode connective tissues to settle below your child’s gum line, on teeth roots. When plaque is left to harden, it turns into insoluble calculus, which can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis. Only a professional cleaning can remove calculus. While we don’t normally perform cleanings on children under three years of age, once your child can sit still long enough, Dr. Kimmy will add a regular dental cleaning to his/her six-month dental checkups.

    Dental cleanings remove plaque buildup from the surface of
    teeth. By age three or four, children need their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year to ensure good health for teeth and gums.

    What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Cleaning

    As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Kimmy will examine the state of your child’s teeth and search for plaque and calculus. She will remove the bacterial build up above the gums and schedule a second appointment if calculus and plaque are present below the gum line.

    After the plaque is removed, Dr. Kimmy will use a special, high-powered toothbrush to brush your child’s teeth. This special toothbrush does a great job at reaching all of the teeth to thoroughly clean each one, leaving them feeling smooth and fresh.

    Next, Dr. Kimmy will floss, to make sure there isn’t any food stuck your child’s teeth. After rinsing, a fluoride treatment will be applied to attract protective minerals to the enamel. Lastly, we’ll apply a clear dental sealant. This safe, non-toxic sealant can protect molars for years and will wear off naturally, over time.

    Practicing Healthy Oral Hygiene at Home

    Although it’s important to rely on a pediatric dentist to professionally clean your child’s teeth, it is also imperative to teach healthy oral hygiene at home. Start brushing your child’s tooth when the first one erupts, and continue twice a day until he/she can help you hold the brush. By the age of 6 years old, children should be able to properly and successfully brush their own teeth, without receiving help from their parents. Continue to monitor the effectiveness of twice-daily brushing and daily flossing through the teen years.

    Along with proper brushing skills, parents can help their children by overseeing a healthy diet and limiting sugary foods and drinks.

    How to Floss

    Flossing is often forgotten and may seem tedious, but it’s still a very important part of healthy oral habits. Teach your children how to get between all teeth for a proper flossing experience. To better understand how to properly floss your child’s teeth, just follow these simple steps.

    1. Measure out an arm’s length of floss and cut it.
    2. Wrap the extra floss around your middle finger on both hands and hold it tightly between your thumbs and index fingers.
    3. Gently floss between teeth, using an up-and-down rubbing motion. Be sure not to jab the floss into the gums.
    4. The most effective method is to create a C-shape with the floss and the tooth, to ensure optimal cleaning.
    5. Repeat this process for all of the teeth.

    Congratulations! You’ve successfully flossed!

    It is important to teach our children healthy dental cleaning habits, but for the professional dental cleanings, call Dr. Kimmy in Manhasset, NY! Remember, children over three years of age should have their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. Call 516-365-4-KID today to schedule.

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