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Teeth Cleaning for Kids in Vancouver

Routine pediatric dental care monitors their oral health developments and helps prevent future problems.
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Extra gentle care for their gums and teeth

Children should visit their dentist as routinely as adults. Routine teeth cleaning and examinations are two of the most critical steps you can take to preserve their oral health and encourage healthy development. Cleaning their teeth removes plaque, tartar and bacteria that can cause decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath and which may affect how their adult teeth come in. A kid-friendly hygienist is able to get into spaces that aren’t easy for kids to reach with routine brushing and flossing at home.

After a thorough cleaning is the perfect time for the hygienist and dentist to closely examine their overall oral health, problem areas, baby teeth that may be coming in or falling out, and adult teeth that are finding their permanent home. We will let you know what to watch out for and give you some tips and tricks for oral care at home that are tailored to your child’s specific needs.

    Routine pediatric teeth cleanings and exams help:
  • Keep their baby teeth and new adult teeth as healthy and as strong as possible.
  • Prevent gum disease and maintain their overall oral health.
  • Monitor their progress and milestones through many changes.
  • Establish a positive relationship with the dentist.
  • Empowers kids to take care of their own oral health at home.
  • Establish good habits that will last a lifetime.

What happens during children’s teeth cleaning?

Before their check-up, we will review their chart and history to quickly find any problem areas or identify troubling patterns. We may take prescribed Xrays or ask about fluoride treatment or sealants for new adult teeth. We will speak to your child in a kid-friendly manner to make them feel comfortable and ask them about how they feel about their teeth and mouth and if they have anything they’d like to ask or share.

Gum health

Often under-appreciated, gums support your child’s teeth and frame their smile. Good gum health is essential when the permanent teeth are coming in and children are just as susceptible to inflammatory gum diseases as adults. We will take special care examining the soft tissues of their mouth and give them age-appropriate advice for flossing and gum care at home.

Plaque & tartar removal

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that starts accumulating on teeth as soon as they come in. If plaque is not routinely cleaned away it can harden into tartar deposits. Plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay and can be especially hard to remove between teeth and at the gumline. A hygienist has the tools and know-how to gently scale away stuck-on plaque and tartar from those hard-to-reach places. With all that out of the way, we may recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen their enamel.

Watching for milestones

The dentist will check out your child’s chart and any new Xrays and zero in on any problem areas, troubling patterns or new developments to monitor. Children will typically get their first set of teeth between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. They will slowly lose their baby teeth and get their permanent adult teeth all the way up into their teens (and even later for wisdom teeth!) Every child is different. The dentist will monitor their progress and will address any concerns or delays they spot.

Cost of a routine pediatric teeth cleaning and exam in Vancouver

Just like with adult teeth cleanings and exams, routine checkups for kids are such a great way to prevent and avoid dental problems that most insurance companies will nearly completely cover them on a routine basis. With typical insurance, you might expect to pay as low as $0 to $50 (or more). Insurance companies typically provide coverage every 6 months except in special circumstances. If you are without dental insurance, you can expect to pay anywhere from $120 to $300 and up, especially for their first appointment or for the first appointment in a long time.

    When we determine the actual cost of their treatment we refer to a few important factors:
  • Their current oral health.
  • New Xrays that might be required.
  • Fluoride treatment or sealants for new adult teeth.
  • The amount of time required by the dental team to meet their specific needs.
  • The equipment and supplies that will be needed to serve all their needs.

Remember, no dentist can give you an exact quote over the phone. If you would like more personalized information or an itemized quote, we would be happy to provide you with one upon request. We can’t state enough how important it is to provide children with routine pediatric dental care. Monitoring all of the changes happening to their mouths as they grow and develop is the most effective way to prevent costly and painful complications.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Just like for adults, we would normally recommend coming in every 6 months to get their teeth cleaned and have a checkup unless otherwise recommended by the dentist. Some people come as often as every 3 months. We would strongly recommend waiting no longer than a year.
Don’t wait. If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth or oral health it’s best to come in right away so we can address any issues while they’re still minor.
Young children have no frame of reference for what’s an acceptable amount of discomfort. Some kids just try to cope and won’t speak up on their own. Your child might be experiencing discomfort or pain if you notice the following:
  • Excessive touching or cupping of their face and teeth.
  • Defensive or scared to let others near their face and teeth.
  • Swelling, redness or discolouration of the gums, cheeks and teeth.
  • Some children run a fever if they have a toothache.
  • Avoiding hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Avoiding chewy or hard foods like raw veggies and chunks of meat.
  • Only chewing on one side of their mouth.
  • Children often become irritable and glum if they’re experiencing dental pain.
Most appointments last between thirty minutes to an hour. Dental appointments can take longer if children have lots of questions or for anxious children who need plenty of reassurance and gentle patience.
  • Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they come in. Use approved, child friendly and age-appropriate toothpaste and brushes.
  • Teach your child about their mouths and how to take care of them. Get them in the habit of brushing their own teeth twice a day.
  • Children benefit greatly from fluoride treatments. You can request fluoride treatment at the dentist and use fluorinated products and drinking water at home.
  • Sugary or acidic foods and drinks like juice and pop promote tooth decay and should be enjoyed in moderation.
  • Especially avoid sweet treats and snacks before bed.
  • Be a good example, brush your own teeth twice a day and floss!
Your child should wait at least 30 minutes after a fluoride treatment before eating or drinking. Waiting the full 30 minutes gives the treatment time to work it’s magic before it’s scrubbed away by food and rinsed away with drink.

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3 months ago
My in-laws and I recently had the pleasure of receiving dental services from Dr. Jimmy Loo, and I am compelled to share my overwhelmingly positive experience. Dr. Loo's exceptional patience stood out throughout my entire visit. He took the time to thoroughly explain each procedure, ensuring I felt comfortable and informed at every step. His ability to listen attentively to my concerns and address them with care is truly commendable. I highly recommend Dr. Jimmy Loo for anyone seeking dental services. His wonderful demeanor, extreme professionalism, and unwavering patience set him apart in the field. My dental experience was not only painless but genuinely pleasant, thanks to Dr. Loo and his dedicated team.
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4 months ago
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Charissa Faith
6 months ago
Dr Loo is genuinely the nicest dentist I’ve ever met. Extremely helpful, friendly, and doesn’t mind taking time to explain things to you - unlike most doctors or dentists that are always in a hurry. The staff there is also all very friendly and helpful! Always a positive experience going there.
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Theresa Lee
10 months ago
Dr Loo has been my dentist for over 12 years. I am always impressed by his consistency, dedication to his profession and genuine care for his patients. When discussing the procedure for either a root canal, bridge, crown or an extraction, he is patient and explains clearly all the options, pros/cons, and what to expect. During the procedure, he always makes sure you are fine and he is willing to make changes/adjustment for you to get the best results. He is very flexible to accommodate dental emergency requests and gives you a follow-up call himself after something serious such as a tooth extraction. All the staff on his team are friendly and helpful. Seeing a dentist is not a fun thing, however, I always feel reassured seeing Dr Loo, because I know I am in good hands. I highly recommend Dr Loo to anyone who is looking for a caring and competent dentist.
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Joe Cash
8 months ago
I had a good experience with Dr. Jimmy Loo 12 years ago when I needed to have a tooth extracted, and when he opened his own practice I was happy to become one of his clients. His new office is clean, functional and fully equipped with the latest technology. I was amazed to have a night guard made using imaging software rather than an actual physical mould. Dr. Loo and his staff are professional, personable and skilful. He makes sure you understand a procedure and always asks if you have any questions. He is also prepared to take on emergencies. My wife recently recommended him to a friend who needed an emergency procedure on a Saturday evening and he remained at his office to assist her. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a competent and caring dentist.
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Johnny MOK
3 months ago
My in-laws and I recently had the pleasure of receiving dental services from Dr. Jimmy Loo, and I am compelled to share my overwhelmingly positive experience. Dr. Loo's exceptional patience stood out throughout my entire visit. He took the time to thoroughly explain each procedure, ensuring I felt comfortable and informed at every step. His ability to listen attentively to my concerns and address them with care is truly commendable. I highly recommend Dr. Jimmy Loo for anyone seeking dental services. His wonderful demeanor, extreme professionalism, and unwavering patience set him apart in the field. My dental experience was not only painless but genuinely pleasant, thanks to Dr. Loo and his dedicated team.
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Dudu Chiu
4 months ago
Have been seeing Dr Jimmy Loo since years ago, long before this new dental office is ever set up in Kerrisdale. Noticeable upgrade in every aspect including office location and interior design. Same professional service and attention to detail. Great experience starting from the welcoming smile of the reception. Very impressive!
More
Charissa Faith
6 months ago
Dr Loo is genuinely the nicest dentist I’ve ever met. Extremely helpful, friendly, and doesn’t mind taking time to explain things to you - unlike most doctors or dentists that are always in a hurry. The staff there is also all very friendly and helpful! Always a positive experience going there.
More
Theresa Lee
10 months ago
Dr Loo has been my dentist for over 12 years. I am always impressed by his consistency, dedication to his profession and genuine care for his patients. When discussing the procedure for either a root canal, bridge, crown or an extraction, he is patient and explains clearly all the options, pros/cons, and what to expect. During the procedure, he always makes sure you are fine and he is willing to make changes/adjustment for you to get the best results. He is very flexible to accommodate dental emergency requests and gives you a follow-up call himself after something serious such as a tooth extraction. All the staff on his team are friendly and helpful. Seeing a dentist is not a fun thing, however, I always feel reassured seeing Dr Loo, because I know I am in good hands. I highly recommend Dr Loo to anyone who is looking for a caring and competent dentist.
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Joe Cash
8 months ago
I had a good experience with Dr. Jimmy Loo 12 years ago when I needed to have a tooth extracted, and when he opened his own practice I was happy to become one of his clients. His new office is clean, functional and fully equipped with the latest technology. I was amazed to have a night guard made using imaging software rather than an actual physical mould. Dr. Loo and his staff are professional, personable and skilful. He makes sure you understand a procedure and always asks if you have any questions. He is also prepared to take on emergencies. My wife recently recommended him to a friend who needed an emergency procedure on a Saturday evening and he remained at his office to assist her. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a competent and caring dentist.
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