Dental Checkups & Cleanings for Kids – Aspen Hill, MD

Keep Your Favorite Smile Happy and Healthy

Young girl smiling at pediatric dentist during dental checkup

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child in for their first checkup and cleaning when their first tooth appears (or by their first birthday)? Doing so serves several important purposes, including that it helps familiarize your little one with their dental team and provides you with insight on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy throughout the years. After this first appointment, you should bring them in every six months. To learn why, you can read on or give our team a call !

Why Choose Healthy Kids Dentistry for Dental Checkups & Cleanings for Kids?

  • Top-Rated Pediatric Dental Team
  • Dental Insurance Welcome
  • Children’s Sedation Dentistry Available

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups & Cleanings Important for Kids?

Child smiling next to model of teeth with toothbrush

It’s common for parents to be curious about the importance of dental checkups and cleanings for kids, especially since their primary teeth fall out as they grow. Well, there are a few reasons! The first is that healthy teeth and gums don’t just help your child smile confidently, they also ensure they can chew effectively and without any pain. Furthermore, their baby teeth act as placeholders for their permanent ones. If they fall out prematurely due to severe decay or damage, then the alignment of their teeth and the function of their bite can be negatively impacted. Fortunately, we can catch serious oral health issues in the early stages at their biannual visits. Plus, we can remove plaque and tartar that was missed at home.

What to Expect During a Kid’s Dental Checkup

Closeup of child smiling during dental checkup with pediatric dentist

At your child’s checkup, you both will meet with one of our talented Aspen Hill pediatric dentists . If it’s your little one’s first visit, they may feel more comfortable sitting on your lap or having you nearby – we’re happy to do whatever makes them feel at ease! After learning more about your child and their oral health, they will examine their teeth, gums, and bite. Then, they will share their findings with you, give you any recommendations they have about improving their dental care regimen, and answer any questions you have.

What to Expect During a Kid’s Dental Cleaning

Child smiling while sitting in pediatric dentist's treatment chair

As your child’s fine motor skills develop, they may have difficulty brushing and flossing their teeth thoroughly. That’s another reason why bringing them in for a dental cleaning every six months is so important. At this time, one of our gentle, compassionate, and talented team members will use special tools to carefully clean their teeth and gums, paying special attention to the hard-to-reach areas of their mouth.

If you want to learn more about what to expect at your child’s biannual visit, you want to schedule an appointment, or you have a question about how to keep their smile healthy from home, don’t hesitate to let us know – we’re here to help!