Why does my child need a Cleaning Appointment?
A prophylaxis appointment is basically a professional teeth brushing procedure. During the procedure, one of our Pediatric Dentists will use an electric prophy brush and a special toothpaste. For older children we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove calculus. Additionally one of our Dentists may use a hand tool to clean those hard to reach areas. We may also apply a fluoride treatment which helps strengthen enamel in your child’s teeth. If fluoride varnish was used, children can eat right away as long as they don’t eat any hot food or drink carbonated drinks like soda. If fluoride foam is used, the child shouldn’t eat or drink for at least 30 minutes. Even though chewing surfaces might feel sticky its best not to brush the fluoride off. The longer the fluoride is on the teeth, the better the result.
Why should cleaning appointment be 2x a year?
A cleaning should be done 2x a year (once every 6 months) to both help prevent cavities and also helps the doctor see the status of the growing teeth. This will help detect problems early and prevent serious and costly treatments.