While daily brushing and flossing at home is crucial for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, by itself it is usually not sufficient enough to remove all the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your child’s teeth. To ensure your child’s teeth remain healthy, regular professional dental cleanings are recommended.
At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we provide thorough dental cleanings for children of all ages. At your child’s appointment, we’ll also provide education and information about oral hygiene, proper brushing and flossing techniques, and more to keep your child’s tooth development on track and their teeth healthy.
We recognize that every child’s dental needs are unique, especially those with special needs. Our dentists are gentle, compassionate, and regularly work with children with Special Needs.
Dental cleanings are great for…
Developing healthy dental habits
Developing a good relationship with the dentist for your child
Oral hygiene instruction and developmental information
Removing harmful plaque build-up
Reducing the likelihood of cavities and decay
Fluoride and sealant treatment
“I absolutely love this place! The staff is outstanding with my children and always goes above and beyond to make sure that they’re happy and comfortable. We’ve never left there without smiles on all of our faces! Couldn’t ask for a better dental office! Highly recommend them.”
— Kara B.
Combine your child’s exam and dental cleaning into 1 visit!
Dental cleanings go hand-in-hand with dental exams. For most kids, fewer trips to the dentist means less stress.
Dental cleanings at Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville
Dental cleanings work to remove plaque and polish your child’s teeth. Why is this important? It not only makes your child’s teeth look good and feel great, but reduces the likelihood of cavities by removing plaque.
Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on teeth from a combination of food, saliva, and bacteria. Even with proper at-home oral care, plaque and tartar can develop in your child’s mouth. The best way to remove and prevent this build-up and set your child’s mouth up for oral health success? Dental cleanings.
At your child’s dental cleaning appointment, you can expect the following
Thorough dental exam
Comprehensive teeth cleaning
Yearly x-rays to examine bone structure, tooth development, and identify early-stage decay
Outline of at-home oral hygiene and nutritional tips
Dental cleanings will end by discussing any recommended treatments we have for your child or necessary changes to their existing treatment plan.
We Accept Most Insurance & Medicaid
We believe every child should have access to the best dental care possible. We proudly accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:
Meet Our Doctors & Staff
Our dentists are compassionate, caring, gentle, empathetic, and sensitive to the needs of every child.
Exact insurance coverage will always depend on your specific plan, but preventive care such as dental cleanings and oral exams are commonly covered.
How often do children need dental cleanings?
We recommend most children get a dental cleaning every 6 months. However, if your child needs more extensive treatment, they may need more frequent cleanings.
My child has special needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still perform a dental cleaning?
Our dentists are experienced with and enjoy providing dental cleanings for children who have special needs, including kids with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, children on the autism spectrum, and those who suffer from dental anxiety.
What should I do to prepare for my child’s dental cleaning?
Preparing for a dental cleaning appointment is simple.
Be prepared to let us know about any sudden changes in your child’s health (such as developing a cold or flu)
Come with a list of any questions and concerns you may have about your child’s health
If your child may need nitrous oxide or another form of sedation dentistry, please:
Be ready to discuss your child’s complete medical history with their dentist
Provide a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications your child is taking
Bring a favorite toy or blanket for your child to help relieve anxiety
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