Dental Cleaning

Pettinato Children's Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Wesley Chapel, FL

When it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy and free of decay, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why the top-rated pediatric dentists at Pettinato Children’s Dentistry stress the importance of regular professional cleanings for kids of all ages, beginning in early childhood. To schedule your child’s next professional cleaning with Pettinato Children’s Dentistry, call their Wesley Chapel, Florida, office or book online today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What’s preventive dentistry?

Routine dental cleanings and exams form the cornerstone of preventive dentistry. These cleanings aim to help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums as they grow and develop.  

Having your child’s teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist every six months is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay or catch it early on before it has a chance to grow or spread to other teeth. 

With powerful equipment and special techniques, the team at Pettinato Children’s Dentistry can remove plaque and bacteria more efficiently and effectively than the manual toothbrush your child uses at home. 

They also have the tools and expertise required to remove tartar, or calcified plaque, which is something no amount of regular at-home brushing or flossing can get rid of. Keeping tartar at bay is one of the best ways to prevent pediatric gingivitis or early-stage gum disease. 

What are the benefits of routine dental cleanings?

Baby teeth are just like adult teeth—they’re vulnerable to the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar, all of which can lead to cavities, infection, and pain. Although your child’s primary teeth aren’t meant to last for life, they play an essential role in how their permanent teeth emerge. 

Besides making your child uncomfortable and less likely to eat, decayed baby teeth can lead to pre-decay in the developing adult teeth that are growing just below their gums. 

Routine dental cleanings ensure that your child’s teeth develop as few cavities as possible and that any cavities that do appear are treated in their earliest stages. Taking your child to the dentist for regular cleanings also helps them establish excellent oral health habits that will last a lifetime.   

How else can regular cleanings help my child?

On top of reducing your child’s risk of developing advanced tooth decay or pediatric gingivitis, having regular dental cleanings and exams offers a variety of important benefits, including:

Better oral hygiene habits

The team at Pettinato Children’s Dentistry always takes time to show their youngest patients how to brush their teeth properly. They also let older children know where their brushing and flossing routine may fall short and offer detailed recommendations on how they can improve their technique. 

A clean mouth and fresh breath

Regular dental cleanings leave your child’s mouth feeling—and smelling—clean and fresh by getting rid of plaque and lingering bacteria, the two main drivers of persistent bad breath. 

A whiter, brighter smile

Regular dental cleanings can also help your child maintain a vibrant smile by removing the kind of discoloration caused by blueberries, grape juice, tomato sauce, and other enamel-staining foods and beverages.

To schedule your child’s next professional cleaning, call Pettinato Children’s Dentistry or book an appointment online today.