Professional dental cleaning is an essential part of outstanding pediatric dental health, and Leslie Murray, DMD, and the team at Iris Pediatric Dentistry in Denver, Colorado, work hard to make sure kids of all ages enjoy the process. If your little one is overdue for a cleaning, call the office to set up a visit, or book using the simple online scheduling tool.
Professional dental cleanings use special instruments to remove stain and tartar from teeth that cannot be removed at home. Once teeth are clean, each child gets a dental exam. This is perhaps the most important part of your little one’s cleaning appointment! The exam allows your family to get specific coaching on the best ways to ensure teeth are staying healthy at home. Making healthy habits, and catching small cavities early can make the difference between a child that has many cavities or none.
Following a cleaning visit, your little one will have clean teeth, and you will have a custom plan for the most important habits to focus on for your child’s specific needs.
Children and caregivers are welcomed into a colorful and kid-sized dental room where the dental assistant and Dr. Murray will get to know the family and the patient, ask about the family’s concerns, and learn how dental care goes at home.
Children will then get an age-appropriate dental cleaning, with the process modified if the child is an infant, toddler, child or adolescent. This often starts with using a soft brush, and then a spinning special brush to allow for stain and tartar removal with dental instruments if needed. Following the cleaning Dr. Murray will complete a careful exam, and determine if X-rays are needed for your child to check for cavities between teeth and health of developing adult teeth.
After showing the child and parent any areas of concern, specific goals for home will be set by the family, and options for treatment will be discussed, and a fluoride varnish is applied to strengthen their enamel.
This visit is often very easy and fun, where children will be proud of the new skills they have learned, and parents will feel empowered with more information about their child’s teeth.
This is a great question! Most children need a cleaning every 6 months, but occasionally children may benefit from a few more cleanings in a year.
Extra cleanings may be for children who struggle with brushing due to braces, young age, trouble tolerating brushing by caregivers, or with many areas of concern (starts of cavities). These extra visits can help patients be more comfortable in the office, build skills for parents at home, and provide preventative treatments like fluoride varnish more often to help kids stay caries-free!
Each child is evaluated and cleaning schedule discussed with the family to ensure each child can receive the care they need.
If you have questions about dental cleanings or would like to book a visit for your child, call the office today to set up an appointment, or use the easy online booking tool to find a time that fits your schedule.