Sadly, kids do not brush correctly. Brushing twice is not strictly practised in many families. It results in chronic deposition of plaque on teeth resulting in dental problems like bleeding from gums and tooth decay and cavities. Professional cleaning your kid’s teeth periodically can help clean dental plaques and get rid of any possibilities of dental cavities and other problems. Dental plaques are often the most common problem that happens if the children don’t clean teeth properly.
Dental plaque is a yellowish or tan color film that is formed over the teeth, braces and appliances placed in the oral cavity. Plaque is a sticky layer, formed of microorganisms (germs), food particles and the waste products of bacteria. Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are harmful as they cause gum problems, tooth decay (cavities), and bad odour.
The plaque builds up on the teeth daily, especially around the junction of gums and teeth. It forms on teeth which can be felt by our tongue.
There are 2 types, old and new plaque.
New plaque is formed in less than 12 hours. This plaque will normally build up over the course of the day or night. This can be cleaned with brushing.
Old plaque is formed of bacteria that are older than 12 hours. This plaque is stubborn, will not be removed by brushing.
Dental Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) is a procedure performed to carefully clean the child’s teeth. Prophylaxis is an essential dental treatment for stopping the formation or progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
It is advisable to work with experienced pediatric dentists with the right type of dental equipment in order to identify and clean the plaque.
Here, at The Dental Specialists, we not only clean the teeth for children and get rid of plaques and cavities but more importantly our pediatric dentists educate the child and parent about oral hygiene. We also demonstrate the brushing technique directly on the child, which helps maintain better dental health.
Prophylaxis is recommended twice annually as a preventive measure.
The germs present in the plaque can cause inflammation and infection, eventually leading to
Oral malodor – you may sense the bad smell from kid’s mouth
Gingivitis – gums will become swollen, dull in color, and may bleed while brushing
Dental cavities – plaque have germs that form acids in the mouth resulting in the formation of cavities or hole in teeth.