What are Teeth Cleanings for Children?

We recommend scheduling regular appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings for your children every six months or so. Remember that children’s teeth develop quickly from infancy and throughout their childhood, and they’re teeth can be susceptible to tooth decay.

We recommend scheduling regular appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings for your children every six months or so. Remember that children’s teeth develop quickly from infancy and throughout their childhood, and they’re teeth can be susceptible to tooth decay.

During a cleaning, their dentist will be able to clear away bacteria residing in the mouth. They’ll also check for cavities and any other dental problems, monitoring their development as they grow older.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

There are a lot of things that cause tooth decay, especially in children. But the most common reasons kids get cavities are:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Acidy foods (citrus and sugary foods)
  • Sweetened drinks (sodas and juice)
  • Prescribed medications
  • Bumps and dings (dental trauma)

Skipping a cleaning can result in cavities going untreated or getting bigger. What happens is, bacteria coats their teeth in a white film called plaque. When plaque thickens and the acid in sugar wears away tooth enamel (the top layer of their teeth), this can also lead to other dental issues, like gum disease.

Regular dental cleanings will help prevent tooth decay and even premature tooth loss in children.

Need to Schedule a Child’s Tooth Cleaning Today?

We will do our best to make sure your children’s teeth stay pearly white with professional dental cleanings in Medfield! Contact us today to make an appointment, or to learn more about preventing cavities and tooth decay.