Preventative dental cleaning is vital for several reasons. During the cleaning, all the debris and buildup of plaque and calculus are removed from the surfaces of your child’s teeth. While a child can learn to maintain daily dental hygiene, professional cleaning is essential to access areas such as those below the gum line that are difficult to clean on a daily basis. For this purpose, supplementary tools, such as ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments, are used to remove the debris that cannot be otherwise removed effectively with just a toothbrush and floss. The teeth will also be polished using an electronic brush and special toothpaste to release any superficial stains and make your child’s teeth appear bright and beautiful. The dental cleaning is a preparation to go ahead with the comprehensive oral exam. Often the cleaning is followed up with a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel of the child’s teeth and help prevent tooth decay. Depending on your child’s individual needs and risk factors, the supplemental fluoride treatment may also be prescribed in the form of supplements or a home application of the relevant fluoride.
What is the importance of Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is a mineral that helps check cavities in both children and adults. When the fluorides are applied to the surface of the teeth, it works by making the outer surfaces of the teeth’ enamel more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride is found naturally in water and food sources or can be topically applied in the form of oral rinses, toothpaste, and professional treatments. A sufficient amount of fluoride is required for the developing teeth of the children.
Why are preventative cleanings important for adults as well as children?
Preventative cleanings important for adults as well as children for the following reasons:
- Preventative cleanings help promote good dental habits, including brushing and flossing.
- A dental professional will provide guidance on thumb sucking and advice on dietary habits, which will go a long way in maintaining your dental health.
- Preventative care includes regular teeth cleanings and oral exams, usually once every six months
- Till a certain age, a child will be given a fluoride application for their teeth.
- If necessary, sealants will be used to conceal the cavities.
- The jaw and teeth development can be tracked with the help of routine x-rays.
- If the need arises, sports athletes can be fitted with mouth guards.
- If teeth are found to be crooked, you can be referred to orthodontists.
- If there is a need, you can be referred to other dental specialists.
- Any other health issues can be identified and treated that may have an impact on an individual’s dental health.
Call Austgen Family Dental at (317) 885-6400 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Preventative Cleanings.