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At Upper East Side Kids Smiles, we recommend that children come in for a checkup once every six months. You can schedule the first appointment as early as age one or when your child has had teeth for at least six months. We make visits as pleasant and educational as possible for kids so they learn to make a positive association with visiting the dentist early in life. It has been our experience that early trauma or anxiety can be difficult to overcome.
What to Expect During Your Child’s Cleaning Appointment
We first take the time to gain your child’s trust and cooperation before getting started with the following:
- Polishing of teeth: We clean your child’s teeth with polishing cream and special dental instruments to remove stains and plaque that he or she may not be able to clean with regular tooth brushing.
- Plaque removal: When food remains on the teeth too long, bacteria invade and turn into plaque. This is a sticky film that coats the teeth and causes inflammation of your child’s gums. If it turns into gum disease, your child can experience infection, tooth loss, and other serious problems.
- Tartar removal: Plaque can harden and turn into tartar when it remains on teeth too long. Tartar can appear both above and below your child’s gum line and requires special instruments to remove.
Avoid These Dental Problems with Bi-Annual Preventive Care Appointments
Poor oral hygiene and an unhealthy diet early in life can cause the following problems:
- Bad breath
- Bone damage
- Gum disease
- Stained teeth
- Tooth decay requiring fillings
- Tooth loss
In addition to cleaning your child’s teeth and removing plaque and tartar, our dentists perform an examination to look for signs of problems like oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, or issues with alignment. If your child’s dentist spots a problem, the next step is to complete a diagnostic X-ray to confirm a diagnosis. From there, a custom treatment plan is developed and shared with you to confirm your understanding, answer all questions, and address any concerns.