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Your toddler may not have all their teeth yet, but they still need preventive care to ensure oral health and proper development. Teeth cleaning is just as important for toddlers as for any other age patient, helping prevent tooth decay and other issues. Pediatric dentists are skilled at prioritizing your child’s comfort to ensure a positive teeth cleaning experience.

Putting Your Child at Ease

A pediatric dentist’s top priority is ensuring a comfortable experience for your child. To start, they will put your child at ease by carefully explaining the cleaning process. Instilling confidence in dental care at this age can help your child establish a strong relationship with good oral health.

If your child has special needs, a pediatric dentist is best suited to provide the necessary care. They can provide accommodations that will make the experience of visiting the dentist much easier for your child to ensure they get the care they need.

Removing Plaque and Tartar

The cleaning focuses mainly on removing plaque and tartar, which are hardened deposits of bacteria that form on the surfaces of teeth. Regular brushing cannot remove these deposits; however, removing the deposits is essential for sustaining healthy teeth. 

A pediatric dentist will use special tools during the cleaning process to remove plaque and tartar. They will also use fun words and distraction techniques to calm your child and create a comfortable experience, even if the process produces unfamiliar sensations.

Flossing and Polishing

After the plaque and tartar are removed, the dentist will floss in between the teeth to remove the bacteria from these small hiding places. They will also polish the teeth using a special spin brush and toothpaste. This removes the stains and soft bacterial film on your child’s teeth, thereby leaving your child with a bright smile they can share with the world.

Ensure Your Child Gets the Preventive Care They Need

The Cherry Orchard Pediatric Dentistry team provides routine cleaning, exams, and other preventive dental care needed to ensure your child’s health and development. You can start your child off on the right foot with quality preventive care in a warm and welcoming environment.