You want your kids’ teeth to be the healthiest they can be, not only now while they’re children, but well into their adult years, too. The more you can do for their dental health now, the fewer issues they’ll experience with their teeth and gums as they grow. An important part of oral health is having regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. Learn how often your children’s teeth need to be cleaned at the dentist’s office.

As Important As Regular Checkups

Like adults, children need regular checkups to monitor the overall health of teeth and gums and check for issues, so that any damage can be repaired and serious future problems averted. In addition to checkups, teeth cleanings need to be scheduled to help prevent decay. Even baby teeth, which eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, are important because your child will need them for several years, and also because the healthier that primary teeth remain, the healthier their permanent teeth will be when they come in.

How Often Are Cleanings Needed?

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to schedule cleanings twice a year. Depending on your child’s habits and overall health, either the pediatrician or pediatric dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings for a period of time. If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth or overall oral health, bring it up at the next appointment, or contact your dentist right away if you feel the matter is urgent.

Healthy Habits at Home

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it’s a good idea for parents to take a child to the dentist when the first baby tooth comes in, and then proceed to follow the dentist’s recommendations for dental health both at home and at the dental clinic. By helping your child develop healthy brushing and flossing habits early in life, you’ll be instrumental in fostering good habits that stay for life.

Make an Appointment Today

If your young child has never had any teeth cleanings, or if it’s been a while since the last one, call us to make an appointment today. We are here to serve as your family dentist, addressing the dental care needs of every member of your family. In addition to routine checkups and cleanings, we can do dental fillings, dental crowns, and take care of any emergency dental care needs as they arise. The friendly staff and knowledgeable dental specialists at Merritt Mill Dental Associates are ready to take care of your whole family’s dental needs. Make your child’s appointment with us today.