Children benefit from professional cleanings in our Hamilton family dental office
Parents may see the benefit in professional dental checkups and preventative treatments like fluoride, but the idea of a professional cleaning may seem unnecessary. Professional hygiene visits are, in fact, a vital part of oral health regardless of age. Children are just as at risk for plaque and tartar buildup as teens and adults, and plaque is the root cause of numerous dental concerns. Plaque is colorless and odorless, so it may be difficult to ensure adequate removal. If not removed, plaque hardens to tartar, which must be removed with specific instruments and techniques.
Plaque and tartar are not something we want to leave on teeth, even on those that will fall out in a few years. Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of permanent teeth and the jaw itself. Due to the welcoming environment plaque and tartar make for bacteria, the presence of these substances in the mouth creates an enormous risk for cavity development and painful infection. Our recommendation for professional cleanings on a six-month schedule can improve the overall dental experience due to the effectiveness of plaque removal and significant decrease in the risk for cavities.
Professional hygiene visits are part performance and part guidance. An important aspect of children's dentistry in our Hamilton practice is to teach parents, first, and then children, as they gain the ability to perform oral care on their own, the techniques that maximize their efforts. When treating children, we explain methods and dental topics to them in language they can easily understand. Our staff is caring and fun, offering care in a way that encourages children to feel comfortable as we teach them why oral care is important.
Cleanings are very straightforward and made fun for our young patients. Patients are made comfortable as we methodically brush and floss their teeth gently while describing in their language the instruments and process in use. Depending on the needs of the patient and their treatment plan, fluoride or dental sealants may be applied at this time as well.
Dr. Karen Ho and her team are pleased that you have considered Dentistry on Parkdale for your dental needs. We are committed to providing you and your family with quality care and positive dental experiences that build healthy smiles.
To schedule your checkup and cleaning, call 905-547-4940.