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Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics -  - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Falls Church City, Falls Church, VA

While baby teeth aren’t permanent, they play a crucial role in the development of your child’s adult teeth. To set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles, Nathalie Phaeton, DDS, and Ki Youn Kil, DDS, of Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia, recommend regular dental cleanings at an early age and throughout adolescence. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Cleanings Q & A

What are pediatric dental cleanings?

Much like adult teeth, your child’s baby teeth are vulnerable to plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to cavities, even infection. A pediatric dental cleaning is a preventive treatment that involves gently removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, so your child’s smile remains healthy and strong as their adult teeth develop.

These routine visits, which should begin shortly after your child’s first tooth erupts, also give Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics a chance to detect and prevent dental concerns early on.

If baby teeth aren’t permanent, why does my child need a cleaning?

Baby teeth help map out the way your child’s adult teeth will emerge. If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely due to tooth decay or infection, the surrounding teeth may shift toward the space left behind. This often leads to overcrowding, which may require orthodontic therapy later in life.

Though your child’s baby teeth don’t last forever, they do provide the base for their bite, speech development, and more. Cavities in baby teeth can also lead to tooth pain, which makes it difficult to chew and eat properly.

What happens during pediatric dental cleanings?

If you’re visiting Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics for your child’s first dental cleaning, schedule the appointment during a time when they feel refreshed and well-rested. This helps set the visit up as a positive experience for your child, so they can build a healthy relationship with their dentist early on.

For toddlers, children, and adolescents, a bi-annual cleaning (every six months) may include:

  • X-rays of the teeth, gums, and jaw
  • Teeth cleaning and polishing
  • Full mouth exam
  • Cavity detection and removal
  • Applying dental sealants (to protect against cavities)
  • Brushing and flossing
  • Early orthodontic treatment (mouthpiece, braces, etc.)

As your child gets older, their dentist will also provide counseling for the best oral health practices. This may also include dental counseling on the risks associated with:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Oral piercings
  • Not wearing a mouthguard while playing sports
  • A high-sugar diet
  • Eating disorders

Regular dental cleanings at an early age can help prevent more extensive dental work later in life. To schedule a dental cleaning with Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, call the office or book online today.