Dr. Mary Edwards Long and her son Edward Long stand in front of the brick entrance sign to the City of Gulf Shores Elementary school all smiles and some nervousness

Back to School Cleaning. With the new school year starting soon, it’s important to be ready. I’m sure you have gone through the back-to-school shopping rush. Having to go to multiple stores just to find shoes that fit, or a backpack, or any number of school supplies. You may have even had to take your child to get pre-school immunizations. It’s easy to overlook your children’s dental health with the whirlwind that is back to school. Setting your child up for a healthy beginning is a great way to lessen the stress of the new school year. Here at Dr. Pamela O. Edwards dentistry, we provide premier preventative services (i.e. cleanings) in a family friendly environment. With TV’s in every operatory and a treasure chest for the young ones, we promise to provide top-notch services for the entire family. Call us today to get your family ready for the new school year!

Dental cleanings for children, also known as pediatric dental cleanings, are essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing various dental issues. Here are some benefits of dental cleanings for children:

  1. Plaque and Tartar Removal: Dental cleanings help to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gumline. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease if not removed regularly. Tartar is hardened plaque that can only be removed by a dental professional.
  2. Cavity Prevention: Regular cleanings help prevent cavities by removing the bacteria that contribute to tooth decay. Children are particularly susceptible to cavities due to their developing oral hygiene habits and consumption of sugary foods and drinks.
  3. Gum Disease Prevention: Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can occur in children as well. Dental cleanings help to prevent gum disease by removing bacteria and debris that can irritate the gums and cause inflammation.
  4. Early Detection of Issues: Dental cleanings provide an opportunity for a dentist to examine a child’s mouth and identify any potential dental problems early on. This includes identifying issues like misaligned teeth, bite problems, and any developmental concerns.
  5. Education: Dental cleanings allow dental professionals to educate children about proper oral hygiene techniques. They can demonstrate effective brushing and flossing methods, as well as provide guidance on maintaining a healthy diet that promotes good oral health.
  6. Preventing Bad Breath: Bacteria buildup in the mouth can lead to bad breath (halitosis). Regular cleanings help remove these bacteria, leading to fresher breath for your child.
  7. Positive Dental Experience: Regular dental visits from a young age can help children become familiar and comfortable with the dental environment. Positive experiences during cleanings can reduce dental anxiety and make future dental appointments less stressful.
  8. Monitoring Growth and Development: Pediatric dentists often track the growth and development of children’s teeth and jaws. Regular cleanings provide opportunities to monitor any issues that may impact their dental development.
  9. Professional Cleaning: While regular brushing and flossing at home are crucial, a professional cleaning reaches areas that might be missed during daily oral care. This helps maintain optimal oral hygiene.
  10. Overall Health: Oral health is closely connected to overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to various systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. By promoting good oral hygiene through regular cleanings, you’re contributing to your child’s overall well-being.

In summary, dental cleanings for children play a vital role in maintaining oral health, preventing dental problems, and setting the foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits. It’s recommended to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months or as advised by your child’s dentist.



Dr. Pamela O. Edwards Dentistry

116 Cove Ave
Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
United States (US)
Phone: 2515001025
Fax: Dr. Pamela O Edwards Family Dentistry
Email: mrstoothdoc@gmail.com
Monday7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday9:30 AM - 12:30 PM