When to take your child to the dentist for a dental cleaning

When to take your child to the dentist for a dental cleaning

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First of all: what is a professional cleaning (also called 'prophylaxis' or 'scale')? It involves the mechanical removal of 'hard deposits', that is, calculus, or tartar, adhered to the surface of the teeth, either at the crown or at the root.

Normally tartar is a matter for adults, but exceptionally, there are children who do need to remove this type of harder residue in a dentist's office.

When the bacterial plaque is not completely removed by brushing and, where appropriate, dental floss, it remains strongly adhered to the tooth, and due to the precipitation of salts in the food, transported by saliva, it hardens and forms a scab on the tooth surface. To eliminate it we use hand instruments, called 'curettes', or more commonly, ultrasound. Ultrasounds are waves with enough frequency to turn tartar into dust and remove it from the tooth. Ultrasounds do not harm the healthy tooth, do not be afraid that annual cleanings will damage the tooth, as long as the tooth is healthy.

Subsequently, some method is used to eliminate the stains, spots or irregularities that may remain and attract more bacterial plaque. This polishing is usually done with a kind of special toothpaste, which leaves the tooth surface smooth and very pleasant to the touch.

It is not usual for a child to have tartar, but we do find stains with some frequency that we are not able to remove with the brush. There is a certain type of bacteria that produce orange, black, or greenish spots, which cover the margin of the tooth that is close to the gum. They have nothing to do with caries, the tooth is not undercut or eroded, but the staining is certainly unpleasant. It is removed with a professional cleaning but after time they appear again. They really are very insistent stains. However, when the child reaches puberty they normally do not come out again, which is why it is thought that the proliferation of these 'chromogenic' bacteria is related to some hormonal process.

Yes, we can find tartar in children aged 6-7 years and older, in the part of the lower incisors that face the tongue. There, salivary glands flow out that make the stone settle right on those teeth. If this happens frequently, two things must be taken into account: vary the position of the toothbrush and insert it holding it like a pen, and entering like a fork, to gain good access to those surfaces and check if the child is breathing through the mouth , especially at night, because mouth breathing dries out the mouth and causes the plaque to stick much more closely to the tooth.

The six-monthly check-ups are very important for the dentist to detect this problem, evaluate the cause and eliminate it, to always keep the mouth in perfect magazine condition.

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