Most children don’t look forward to teeth cleanings. From the poking to the prodding, scraping, noise, and occasional jaw discomfort, such apprehension is completely understandable. Rest assured, however, that, at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland, we pride ourselves on making dental cleanings as simple and painless as possible. The truth is that much of the negativity toward visiting the dentist is generally blown out of proportion, which is chiefly caused by ignorance and misinformation about the procedures.
By educating others with the facts, we hope to ease any/all fears and misconceptions about the work we do to help others maintain the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve. If your child is due or overdue for a dental cleaning and you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with us today. To set up an appointment or get any questions answered, call (971) 470-0054.
Why Should My Child Get a Dental Cleaning?
Keeping up with oral hygiene is essential to preserving your child's teeth and protecting against unwanted damage, gum disease, tooth decay, enamel deterioration, cavities, or losing teeth altogether. Flossing and brushing at least twice a day helps avoid buildup of plaque and bacteria. We in the industry refer to this daily routine in addition to professional cleanings as the practice of preventive dentistry.
When Should My Child Get a Dental Cleaning?
The general recommendation is that one should schedule a cleaning at least twice a year (every six months) for a consistent pattern of maintenance to reinforce oral care at home. However thoroughly your child brushes and flosses, there are spots they may miss, have trouble reaching, or be unable to clean quite as effectively. A professional cleaning will allow Dr. Fariba Mutschler or Dr. Mark Mutschler to locate areas in the mouth that may require extra attention or specific methods of care.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
Before the actual cleaning begins, diagnostic services and dental exams must be completed:
|•||Dr. Fariba Mutschler or Dr. Mark Mutschler will go over and, if necessary, update your child's medical history with you. This can include information about heart problems, medication, or any other factors which may affect the patient’s health.
|•||An oral cancer examination and screening.
|•||Evaluation of your gum tissue.
|•||Examination of bite, chewing and swallowing patterns.
|•||X-rays of teeth to check for signs of tooth decay.
|•||Referral to specialists, if specific treatment is deemed necessary.|
Once preparations are done, preventive services will begin. This cleaning procedure may include:
|•||Removing plaque and tartar.
|•||Tooth polishing, including for crowns and fillings.|
Lastly, Dr. Fariba Mutschler or Dr. Mark Mutschler will finish up the treatment before double checking the results, giving their seal of approval, and providing some educational services:
|•||Instructions on teeth brushing and flossing.
|•||Nutritional counseling for a healthier diet.
|•||Recommendations on when to make a future appointment for follow-up hygiene treatment, periodontal (gum) concerns or restorative options.
|•||Evaluating your child's home-care preventive dentistry effectiveness or lack-there-of.|
Is a Dental Cleaning Painful?
Patients who practice good everyday dental hygiene at home with proper brushing and flossing techniques rarely experience any discomfort during a cleaning. However, children and parents who neglect these responsibilities or practice poor oral habits are more likely to feel some discomfort or sensitivity during treatment. Fortunately, a topical anesthetic can be provided beforehand if necessary to alleviate any pain.
Remember, to make an appointment for a dental cleaning at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland, call (971) 470-0054.