Special TLC for Tiny Teeth
Just like grown-ups, kids need to see the dentist regularly. Getting their teeth cleaned and checked is one of the best things you can do to set them on the path to lifelong oral health. Those cleanings wipe away yucky plaque, stubborn tartar, and germs that can lead to tooth decay, gum issues, and even stinky breath. Plus, our hygienists are super skilled at reaching those tricky spots that kids might miss during their daily brush and floss routine.
Once the cleaning is done, it’s the perfect moment for our friendly dentist and hygienist to take a closer look at your child’s overall dental health. We’ll check for any issues, see how baby teeth are doing, and watch how new adult teeth are settling in. Don’t worry, we’ll share what we find! We’ll also offer you customized advice to help your little one keep their teeth in tip-top shape at home.
Regular visits to the dentist help children:
- Keep both their tiny and grown-up teeth super healthy and strong.
- Fight off gum issues and keep their mouths in great shape.
- Stay on track with dental milestones as they grow.
- Build a comfy, friendly rapport with their dental team.
- Learn how to manage their own dental health between visits.
- Develop good habits they’ll carry with them forever.
A Parent's Guide: What Happens During Your Child's Dental Cleaning
First, we review your child’s dental history to pinpoint any areas of concern or recurring issues. Depending on your child’s needs, we might take some X-rays or discuss additional treatments like fluoride or sealants, especially for those shiny new adult teeth. We’ll also chat with your kiddo in a way they’ll understand and appreciate, asking how they feel about their teeth and if they have any questions.
The Importance of Gum Health
Gums are the unsung heroes of oral health, holding teeth in place and setting the stage for a beautiful smile. Just like adults, kids can suffer from gum issues too, especially when their permanent teeth are coming in. That’s why we’ll carefully examine the soft tissues in your child’s mouth and offer age-appropriate advice on flossing and caring for their gums at home.
Bye-Bye Plaque & Tartar
Plaque is a soft, adhesive substance that begins to build up on teeth as soon as they emerge. If not regularly cleared, it solidifies into tartar accumulations. Both plaque and tartar contribute to tooth decay and can be particularly challenging to remove from areas between teeth and along the gumline. Our skilled hygienists possess the specialized instruments and expertise required to delicately remove plaque and tartar from those tricky spots. Once these substances are eliminated, we might suggest a fluoride treatment to fortify your enamel.
Your child’s dental journey is full of milestones, from that first adorable tooth to the grown-up set that will last a lifetime. We’ll keep an eye on their progress, looking at their chart and new X-rays to spot any concerns, delays, or developments. Whether they’re getting their first tooth or waiting for wisdom teeth, every child is unique, and we’ll make sure their dental care is too.
Breaking Down the Price of a Pediatric Teeth Cleaning Appointment in Midlothian
Much like adult dental exams and cleanings, routine pediatric check-ups are so beneficial for preventing dental issues that most insurance plans cover a large portion of the costs. With standard insurance coverage, you could anticipate out-of-pocket expenses ranging from $0 to $50, sometimes more. Insurers usually offer this benefit every 6 months unless there are exceptional circumstances. Without dental insurance, the costs could range from $120 to $300 and potentially higher, particularly if it’s the child’s first appointment or if they haven’t seen a dentist in a while.
The actual cost of your child’s dental treatment is influenced by several key factors:
– The present condition of their oral health.
– Any new X-rays that may be necessary.
– Optional fluoride treatments or sealants for emerging adult teeth.
– The time commitment needed by our dental staff to address your child’s unique needs.
– The specific equipment and materials required to fulfill all their dental needs.
Please note, it’s not possible for any dentist to provide an exact cost estimate over the phone. For a more tailored price breakdown or an itemized estimate, we’d be delighted to supply one upon request. We can’t emphasize enough how crucial regular pediatric dental care is. Keeping a close eye on the changes in your child’s oral development is the most proactive way to avert expensive and uncomfortable dental complications later on.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday. The initial visits focus more on education, but regular teeth cleanings usually begin around age 3.
Most dentists recommend that children have their teeth cleaned every six months, similar to adult dental care guidelines. However, specific recommendations may vary based on the child’s oral health.
Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of routine cleanings for children. It is important to contact your provider before reserving your child’s appointment to ensure coverage.
Fluoride treatments are often recommended to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. The necessity can vary depending on the child’s oral health and risk for cavities.
Yes, dental X-rays are considered safe for children. Modern technology minimizes radiation exposure. X-rays are usually taken only if needed to assess oral health.
Prepare your child by talking about what they can expect, using positive language. You can even role-play or watch a child-friendly video about dental visits.
If a cavity is found during the appointment, the dentist will discuss treatment options with you, which may include fillings or other restorative procedures.
Fasting is generally not necessary before a dental cleaning. However, it’s a good idea to brush their teeth before the appointment.
After the cleaning, the dentist will usually discuss the state of your child’s oral health, any treatments that may be needed, and provide guidance on at-home dental care.