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How Often Do Kids Need Their Teeth Cleaned?

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young boy getting his teeth cleaned at the dentist

Professional cleanings with a dentist are an essential part of great oral care. When combined with brushing and flossing at home, cleanings keep your teeth healthy and strong! This is true for both adults and kids. How often do kids need to get their teeth cleaned?

Cleanings Every Six Months

The ADA recommends that kids get a professional teeth cleaning and exam every six months. If there are special concerns, your child might need to visit more frequently. For most kids, twice a year is enough. Kids should start seeing a dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts or around the time they turn one. We usually see kids around the age of three.

What Can a Kid Expect During a Cleaning?

A routine tooth cleaning takes between a half-hour to an hour, depending on how thorough your child is with brushing and flossing at home. Our hygienists perform the cleaning, which includes plaque and tartar removal, polishing, and flossing. We’ll also offer a fluoride treatment, which significantly reduces your child’s risk for cavities. During the appointment, our dentists will also check for signs of gum disease and oral cancer.

Does the Dentist Give Your Child Anxiety?

It’s not unusual for a child to get anxious about a tooth cleaning. As a family-friendly practice, we understand how kids feel and strive to make them as comfortable as possible. Our team has extensive experience working with children, so we know how to make kids feel relaxed during their appointments.

Visit Edgewater Dental Arts for Children’s Dentistry

When children have good experiences at the dentist, they’re more likely to continue visiting dentists when they’re older! This sets them up for great oral health habits and healthy teeth. If it’s time for your child to have their teeth cleaned or you have any questions about our services, please reach out to our Edgewater office today.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.