Orchard Family Dental - Leduc

Teeth Cleaning for Kids in Leduc

Routine pediatric dental exams and cleanings play a crucial role in monitoring children's oral health development and proactively preventing potential future dental issues.
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Gentle Pediatric Teeth Cleaning Services

Children’s dental care requires the same level of regular attention as adults. Consistent teeth cleaning and check-ups are essential steps to safeguard their oral well-being and promote healthy growth. These professional cleanings effectively remove plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria, preventing issues like tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and potential disruptions to the emergence of their permanent teeth.

Our kid-friendly hygienists possess the expertise to access areas that can be challenging for children to reach with their daily brushing and flossing routines at home. Following a thorough cleaning, our hygienists and dentists perform a detailed assessment of your child’s overall oral health. This includes identifying any concerns, monitoring the progression of baby teeth, observing the arrival of new adult teeth, and ensuring they find their proper placement. We’ll provide guidance on what to watch out for and offer customized oral care tips tailored to your child’s specific needs.

    Benefits of our routine pediatric teeth cleanings and exams:
  • Preserve the health and strength of baby teeth and emerging adult teeth.
  • Prevent gum disease and maintain overall oral health.
  • Track your child’s oral health milestones during their growth.
  • Foster a positive dentist-patient relationship for your child.
  • Empower kids to take charge of their oral health at home.
  • Establish lifelong habits for enduring dental wellness.

What Happens During A Child's Teeth Cleaning?

Before your child’s appointment, we will carefully review their medical history and records to swiftly identify any areas of concern or emerging issues. Depending on the situation, we may recommend X-rays or discuss options such as fluoride treatments or sealants for their newly-erupted adult teeth. During the visit, we’ll communicate with your child using child-friendly language to ensure their comfort and encourage open dialogue about their oral health. Your child will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts.

Gum Health

Gum health is often overlooked, yet it plays a pivotal role in supporting your child’s teeth and shaping their smile. Maintaining healthy gums is particularly crucial as permanent teeth emerge. It’s essential to note that children are susceptible to inflammatory gum conditions, just like adults. During the examination, we will closely assess the soft tissues in their mouth and provide personalized guidance on age-appropriate flossing and at-home gum care.

Plaque & Tartar Removal

Plaque, a soft and sticky substance, begins to accumulate on teeth as soon as they appear. Without consistent removal, plaque can harden into tartar, both of which contribute to tooth decay. These substances are particularly challenging to eliminate from hard-to-reach areas between teeth and near the gumline. Our skilled dental hygienists use specialized tools to gently remove stubborn plaque and tartar from these areas. Afterward, we may recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen your child’s enamel.

Monitoring Milestones

Our dentists will thoroughly review your child’s medical records and any recent X-rays to focus on potential problem areas, emerging issues, or new developments that require attention. Children typically start getting their first set of teeth between 6 months and 6 years of age. As they grow, they will lose their baby teeth and develop their permanent adult teeth. This process can continue into their teenage years or even later for wisdom teeth. Since each child’s dental journey is unique, our dentists closely monitor their developmental progress and address any concerns or delays that may arise.

Cost Of Children's Teeth Cleaning in Leduc

Just like dental cleanings and exams for adults, routine check-ups for children are highly effective in preventing dental problems, and most insurance plans provide significant coverage for these visits. With typical insurance coverage, your out-of-pocket expenses can range from as low as $0 to around $50 or slightly more. Insurance typically covers these check-ups every six months, except in special circumstances. For those who do not have dental insurance, the cost may vary, typically falling between $120 and $300 or more, especially for a child’s initial appointment or if it has been a significant period since their last visit.

    The final cost of your child’s dental treatment is influenced by several crucial factors, including:
  • The current condition of their oral health.
  • Any new X-rays that may be deemed necessary.
  • The potential requirement for fluoride treatments or sealants for emerging adult teeth.
  • The level of personalized attention and care provided by our dental team to address their specific needs.
  • The utilization of specialized equipment and materials to meet their dental care requirements.

Please keep in mind that we are unable to provide exact cost estimates over the phone. For a personalised quote, simply reach out to our office! Regular pediatric dental care is essential for preventing costly and painful issues as your child continues to grow.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, most appointments for children last around 30 minutes to an hour. However, please note that dental appointments may take longer if children have numerous questions or if they are feeling anxious and require additional reassurance and gentle care.

For most children, we typically recommend scheduling a dental cleaning and checkup every 6 months, unless otherwise advised by the dentist. Some individuals opt to visit as frequently as every 3 months, which can be beneficial for certain cases. However, we strongly advise against waiting longer than a year between appointments to ensure optimal oral health.

Act promptly. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s teeth or oral health, it’s advisable to schedule an appointment without delay. This allows us to promptly address any issues while they are still minor and manageable.

Young children may not always express their discomfort clearly. Look out for these signs:

  • Excessive touching or holding of their face and teeth.
  • Being defensive or fearful when others approach their face and teeth.
  • Swelling, redness, or discolouration of the gums, cheeks, or teeth.
  • Occasional fever, which can be a sign of a toothache.
  • Avoiding hot and cold foods and drinks.
  • Avoiding tough or chewy foods, such as raw vegetables or meat chunks.
  • Chewing primarily on one side of their mouth.
  • Increased irritability and moodiness, often associated with dental pain.
  • If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to address your child’s dental concerns promptly.

    For the best results, we recommend that your child wait at least 30 minutes after a fluoride treatment before consuming food or beverages. This waiting period allows the treatment to fully take effect and work its beneficial effects before it is washed away by food or drinks.

  • Early Teeth Cleaning: Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they emerge, using age-appropriate toothpaste and brushes approved for children.
  • Oral Education: Educate your child about their oral hygiene and instil the habit of brushing their teeth twice daily.
  • Fluoride Benefits: Consider fluoride treatments at the dentist and incorporate fluorinated products and fluoridated drinking water at home for added dental protection.
  • Limit Sugary and Acidic Consumption: Minimize the consumption of sugary or acidic foods and beverages like juice and soda, as they can contribute to tooth decay. Consume them in moderation.
  • Preventive Bedtime Snacking: Avoid sweet treats and snacks before bedtime to reduce the risk of tooth problems.
  • Lead by Example: Set a positive example by brushing your own teeth twice daily and flossing regularly.
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