How do pediatric dentists clean teeth?
Even if your children practice great oral hygiene at home, it can still be beneficial for them to have a professional dental cleaning at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry twice each year. Using special instruments, our caring team performs professional dental cleanings by gently removing plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the teeth, and then polishes the enamel for a healthier, brighter smile. After your child's cleaning, you can ask Dr. Jeni Kong and our staff for tips on how to best care for your child's teeth at home and discover certain areas that may need special attention. A professional dental cleaning will give board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Kong a chance to identify any problem areas in your child's mouth that may need treatment. Having a professional dental cleaning is an important step in keeping up your family's dental health, so make an appointment for your children at our Lawrenceville, GA facility today.
Pediatric Dental Cleanings Reviews
"My son recently had a visit on Aug 30th at AppleTree. Everything was BEYOND amazing. The staff, from receptionist, Dental Hygienist’s, Dentist and financial receptionist were so kindhearted. You can tell everyone gets along and are on one accord. They are very child friendly. The dental hygienist walked through the tools with my son allowing him to be very comfortable with the cleaning. When it was time for X rays, they acknowledged his “T-Rex” stuffed animal and allowed him to take a picture with him at the end. It was such a pleasant experience, I don’t think we’ve ever had this type of experience in the healthcare setting! Great job staff. The interactions from the dentist to dental hygienist are very reassuring and respectful. I am glad we came and we’re here to stay!"- K.C. / Google / Aug 30, 2022
"My 4 year old just asked me if we could go to the dentist tomorrow to play. He isn’t a little boy who only has cleanings. He has had a fair amount of dental work at Appletree but they know an endless amount of little ways to reduce discomfort and relieve anxiety. He dosent remember the annoyances or the discomforts all he remembers is how fun and encouraging they are."- P.L. / Yelp / Sep 14, 2022
"Could not recommend this place enough! My daughter loved coming here for her cleaning. Explained everything to her and addressed all of my concerns. Ms. Ashley & Ms. Leah were amazing with my little girl. Will be coming back with my two older kids to do their cleanings and check ups. Also a huge thank you to Ms. Jill who was very knowledgeable with my insurance and took the time to run it even though I didn’t give it to them before hand."- Y.Q. / Google / Apr 27, 2023
"I can’t begin to tell you how refreshing it was to have a visit at this dentist office today. We’ve had a very hard time over the years finding a dentist that not only we trust, but that can fit us in in a timely manner, the staff is friendly, etc. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry checks all the boxes. We felt at ease right when we walked in, from the front desk staff, to the dental assistant, to the two dentists we worked with. The office is clean, well equipped for children, and the speed at which they helped my daughter with an emergent issue is unmatched. Our previous dentist had a 6 month wait for this exact procedure that Apple Tree performed in less than an hour. We will be using them for all future procedures and cleanings."- A.D. / Google / Jun 22, 2023
"I was blown away with how nice the staff were and their understanding of children with special needs. My daughter has Autism and teeth cleaning is difficult, I went in expecting that we wouldn't be able to get anything done, but we did a cleaning, exam, and xrays!! I'm so happy I found this place. Wonderful staff and lovely office. The sensory room was perfect! Thanks to everyone for an amazing visit!"- S.F. / Google / Aug 14, 2023
What age should kids get teeth cleaning?
Dr. Jeni, along with the ADA (American Dental Association), recommends that patients have a professional cleaning two times a year. Babies should visit the dentist before they turn a year old. Following your child's initial visit with our office, Dr. Jeni can help you decide when your child is old enough for their next dental appointment. A professional cleaning may help your child to avoid developing cavities, as built-up plaque-bacteria (the primary culprit for tooth decay) is removed. A cleaning will also eliminate stains and tartar from the teeth. To give your children happy and healthy smiles, encourage a positive relationship with dentistry, and avoid the potential for costlier treatments, schedule their cleaning visits at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry today.
What does a pediatric teeth cleaning entail?
A professional cleaning starts by addressing the tartar and plaque that accumulate on the enamel, While plaque can be removed easily at home with daily brushing and flossing, tartar adheres to the teeth and is more difficult to remove. Special instruments are used to scale tartar and plaque buildup from the teeth without harming the enamel. Depending on the amount of plaque and tartar accumulation, we may use an ultrasonic instrument (which combines sonic vibrations and a fine water mist) to clear debris from the teeth. Next, we'll utilize hand instruments, such as a scaler or curette, to fine scale and remove smaller areas of buildup. Every tooth will be individually scaled to ensure all areas are free of plaque and tartar. After we've completed this step, we'll carefully polish the teeth to remove surface stains and create a smooth finish. We typically provide professional fluoride treatments at the end of the appointment to help protect your child's smile against cavity formation.
should i help my child brush their teeth?
Dr. Jeni may recommend cleanings more often if your child has other oral health concerns or is wearing braces. Throughout the cleaning appointment, Dr. Jeni or one of our caring team members will help your child develop a good home oral care routine by recommending dental products and demonstrating techniques that can focus on your child's specific areas concern. Until children reach a certain age and level of dexterity, it is important for you to co-brush and floss your child's teeth to help them enjoy a healthy smile between visits. Routine dental cleanings are advantageous for your child's teeth, smile, and overall health, so be sure to schedule regular dental appointments with our friendly team at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry.
does insurance cover pediatric teeth cleaning?
A professional dental cleaning is a preventive treatment and typically covered by insurance. A member of our office will consult with your insurance company to understand your child's coverage and determine if you should expect any out-of-pocket expenses. If your child does not have insurance, you can talk to our team about the payment methods we accept and receive more information on special patient financing.
What Should My Child Expect Following a Dental Cleaning?
Dr. Jeni may suggest cleanings more often for some children if they have certain oral health concerns, like gingivitis or regular cavities. Throughout your child’s cleaning, Dr. Jeni or a team member will help your child design a routine for good oral health at home by demonstrating techniques or recommending products that will focus on your little one’s needs. These are very beneficial for your child’s teeth and your wallet, so make sure you schedule regular dental cleanings for your child at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry.
Pediatric Dental Cleanings FAQ
How often should children have their teeth cleaned?
Just like adults, the ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that children have their teeth cleaned every six months, beginning after their first tooth appears, typically around the age of one year.
Is a pediatric dental cleaning painful?
No, most people and even children don't find a dental cleaning painful or experience any discomfort. If there is any tooth sensitivity after the cleaning, it typically goes away quickly.
How long does a dental cleaning take?
A typical pediatric dental cleaning takes about 45 minutes. If sealants or other procedures are needed, it can take a bit longer.
Do pediatric dental cleanings damage the teeth?
No, they don't. The enamel of teeth is very strong and resilient, and a dental cleaning doesn't harm it.
Will my child's teeth be flossed during their in-office cleaning?
In most cases, yes, as part of a comprehensive dental cleaning, your child's teeth will be flossed during their in-office visit. Flossing is an essential step in maintaining good oral hygiene, as it helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline. Our pediatric dental professionals will use specialized tools and techniques to make the experience comfortable for your child. Regular flossing during dental cleanings promotes healthy gums and reduces the risk of cavities, contributing to your child's overall oral health.
What should I do if my child is scared to go to the dentist?
Dental anxiety is common in children, but there are several strategies to help alleviate their fears. It's particularly helpful for parents to maintain a positive and reassuring attitude about dental visits. You can also:
- Choose a pediatric dentist experienced in working with children
- Schedule a "meet and greet" visit to familiarize your child with the dental office
- Use positive language and avoid negative dental-related terms
- Offer a small reward or incentive for a successful visit
- Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing with your child
- Read age-appropriate books or watch videos about dental visits to reduce uncertainty
Our caring team understands the unique anxiety that many children have about visiting the dentist, and we are committed to ensuring each child has a positive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience.
keep your kid's smile healthy
Help keep your child's smile healthy and bright with twice-yearly dental cleanings at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Jeni and our caring team are proud to provide family-oriented, caring dentistry so that children maintain a positive attitude toward oral health. A vital procedure in any preventive oral health plan, a dental cleaning may help minimize the future need for more complex care and expensive treatments. Contact our front office today to schedule an appointment for your children.
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