Regular dental cleanings provide the best first-line defense when it comes to caring for your child’s teeth. At Caughlin Ranch Children’s Smiles, Dr. Sara and her staff provide comprehensive, compassionate, and educational care to their young patients in Reno, NV. In fact, the team prides itself on establishing a partnership with kids and parents alike when it comes to dental care. To put your child on the road to excellent dental health, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Dental Cleanings Q & A
When should I schedule the first cleaning?
As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, or after their first birthday, make an appointment at Caughlin Ranch Children’s Smiles. This first visit is an excellent time for your child to get acquainted with Dr. Sara and her friendly staff, and for you to ask questions about your child’s dental health.
While this first visit may not include a full cleaning if there aren’t enough teeth, Dr. Sara shows you how best to take care of your child’s teeth as they start to come in.
When you call for your first appointment, it’s best to schedule a visit in the morning, when your child is well-rested. And, if your child is under the age of three, Dr. Sara performs a “lap-to-lap” exam where you hold the child facing the doctor.
Why do children’s teeth need to be cleaned?
Baby teeth are prone to decay, so keeping plaque buildup at bay is critical. However, regular visits with Dr. Sara helps ensure that your child meets crucial developmental milestones and that their teeth are healthy, clean, and protected.
Once your child starts eating solid foods, it’s more important than ever to visit with the dental hygienist at Caughlin Ranch Children’s Smiles. Even with great at-home dental care, plaque can build up in between
teeth and in hard-to-reach places, places the hygienist easily tackles with specialized equipment and products.
What happens during the cleaning?
Dr. Sara’s office caters to the comfort of your child the moment they arrive. From the friendly staff to a welcoming waiting area with toys and murals, your child will think of a trip to Caughlin Ranch Children’s Smiles as a fun adventure, complete with movies and music.
For the actual cleaning, the hygienist:
- Thoroughly scrapes your child’s teeth
- Cleans in between teeth
- Polishes the teeth
- Applies a sealant, if applicable
- Provides a fluoride rinse
Either before or after the cleaning, Dr. Sara examines your child’s teeth to check on progress and any potential problems and reviews the best ways to keep teeth clean at home.
To learn more about dental cleanings atCaughlin Ranch Children’s Smiles, call or book an appointment online.
Dr. Sara Hakim
4786 Caughlin Parkway,
Suite # 307,
Reno, NV 89519