An essential part of maintaining your child’s oral health is having regular professional cleanings.
During your cleaning appointment, the hygiene specialist will:
- Remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria that attack tooth enamel, causing cavities and inflaming the gums. Plaque left on teeth over time hardens and becomes calculus (tartar), which can only be removed with dental tools. Without proper care, plaque and tartar can lead to periodontal disease.
- Polish teeth. Manually or with Prophy brushThis final step removes minor stains and any remaining plaque, making teeth their whitest and brightest!
- Treat with fluoride. Your dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment to help their teeth stay strong.
- Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children to have a professional evaluation appointment and cleaning as needed, every six months to keep their mouths healthy and avoid tooth decay and cavities, which is the number one chronic childhood infection.