One of the first encounters a child has with a dentist is the check-up and cleaning.
Sometimes that’s a scary thing for a child because of the lights and the sounds of the cleaning instruments, but it doesn’t have to be.
First of all, we welcome parents back to the operatory whether it’s for your child’s cleaning or restorative care. We want there to be an open dialogue between Dr. Emily and the parent or guardian. We want the parent to be able to see us interact with their child. It’s very important for the child to see and know that everything is as it should be. We would want the same thing for our children so that’s why we try to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for these precious ones.
Our hygienist will start by cleaning out plaque just below the gumline in order to get out the stuff that can cause problems in the future like gum disease or cavities. We know – no one likes this part but it is important and we perform the procedure with care, keeping an eye on your child’s body language so we can reassure them that everything is OK. After cleaning the plaque and flossing the teeth, we get to the fun part which is the polish – we usually get a giggle out of your child with that. After they’ve spit out the cleaning agent and the fluoride treatment, they get to see their glistening chompers in the mirror. Yea! We’ll also talk to them and to the parent or guardian about brushing and flossing so that the cleaning lasts for as long as possible.