The Importance of Dental Cleanings and Digital X-rays
Regular Maintenance is KeyWhile it’s important to make sure your child is brushing and flossing daily at home, sometimes a little extra care is needed. During a regular dental check-up, one of our pediatric hygienists will use specialized tools to remove plaque from between your child’s teeth that’s hard to reach with regular floss. Regular digital x-rays allow them to see below the gum line to check for additional build-up as well as evaluate your child’s teeth and catch the start of cavities before they can advance. Semi-annual cleanings and exams are the best way to protect your child’s smile.
Types of Dental Cleanings
There are four types of dental cleanings available, targeting different levels of build-up in different areas.
The name may sound complicated, but this is just a routine dental cleaning. It’s the most common dental cleaning for children and removes tartar build-up on and between teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing:
Also known as deep cleaning, this procedure treats gum disease and removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing is not commonly necessary for children who have regular cleanings and may require multiple appointments to complete.
For advanced gum disease, these cleanings aim to reduce bacteria and inflammation of the gums. This is a critical step to prevent periodontitis. Advanced gum disease is rare in children but is occasionally seen in those with underlying health issues or older teens with poor oral hygiene.
Used for cases of excessive plaque and tartar build-up, this procedure is often necessary if there’s been quite some time since your child’s last cleaning. This is a separate office visit and is usually performed along with a prophylaxis cleaning.
Seeing Below the Surface: Digital X-rays
High-resolution x-rays provide a more comprehensive picture than traditional x-rays and can offer important information related to your child’s teeth and underlying jawbone.
They give you and your child’s dentist a more detailed view of your child’s overall dental health and can be a preventive measure against future damage or decay. The highly detailed images can illustrate possible problem areas and serve as an important educational tool.
Schedule a Cleaning and Exam Today
Protect your child’s smile. Come see our team at Lake Jeanette Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. We take the time to ensure both you and your child feel comfortable every step of the way and do our best to make visiting the dentist fun.
We look forward to seeing you both! Call us at 336-286-0200 to schedule an appointment with our friendly staff.