Professional teeth cleanings are an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry in Carrollton, Texas, a leading pediatric dentist provides comprehensive dental cleanings to patients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. To schedule a routine cleaning for your child, call the office or book an appointment online.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year, although you should talk with the dentist at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry to determine the best schedule for your child.
Professional teeth cleanings are important because dentists and dental hygienists, with their training and professional tools, remove plaque and tartar that even adult patients are unable to get to by themselves. Plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay, cavities (dental caries), gum (periodontal) disease, and even tooth loss.
Children are especially prone to cavities. In fact, cavities are the most common chronic illness of children in the United States. It’s five times more prevalent than asthma. Some 25% of children get at least one cavity by the age of five.
Poor oral health is not only about your child’s teeth, though; dental problems cause children to miss school. Poor oral health has also been linked to poor academic performance in school.
When gums bleed during dental cleanings, it’s usually the result of an accumulation of bacteria at the gum line. The accumulation of bacteria, which is the beginning stage of gum disease known as gingivitis, causes the gums to become swollen and extremely sensitive. When the dentist’s instruments touch the area to clean it, the inflamed area can bleed.
Though baby teeth eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, they are still crucial to helping your child eat and speak properly. Also, cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease are painful. Moreover, if left untreated, dental problems can lead to bacterial infections, malnutrition, and can even require emergency surgery.
Dental care should start early. Even babies who do not yet have teeth should have their gums cleaned at home with a damp washcloth after they eat.
Call the Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry office in Carrollton, Texas, or book a teeth cleaning appointment for your child using the online tool.