Teeth Cleaning for Kids
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive routine oral health care like teeth cleaning and oral exams.
At Smile Center for Kids we provide teeth cleaning and regular dental check-ups for children of all ages to help establish a dental home for them to maintain healthy smiles.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Inform your child of the visit and explain how teeth cleaning will give them stronger teeth and help them chew their favorite foods. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
Teeth Cleaning for Infants
Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual children. Some infants get their teeth early and some get them late. In general, the first baby teeth to appear are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and they usually begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months.
It is important to make sure that the baby teeth are properly cleaned as they appear in your child’s mouth. Even though the baby teethe are not permanent, it is important for the gum tissue surrounding them to remain healthy for the proper formation of their forever teeth.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.
Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep without the bottle and its usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle’s contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.
After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.
Sippy cups should be used as a training tool from the bottle to a cup and should be discontinued by the first birthday. If your child uses a sippy cup throughout the day, fill the sippy cup with water only (except at mealtimes). By filling the sippy cup with liquids that contain sugar (including milk, fruit juice, sports drinks, etc.) and allowing a child to drink from it throughout the day, it soaks the child’s teeth in cavity-causing bacteria.