An essential part of maintaining your child’s oral health is having regular professional cleanings. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist 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. This 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.
For most children, Pediatric Dental Specialist of Hiram recommends a professional cleaning every six months to keep their mouths healthy and avoid the number one chronic childhood infection: tooth decay.