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Teeth Cleanings

Teeth Cleanings

At least 60% of kindergartners suffer from tooth decay, the number one childhood disease. Even with daily brushing and flossing, plaque can still develop, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. Only professional cleanings can remove the plaque and tartar that cause tooth decay and gum disease. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics and Dentistry for Children recommend that your child have 20-30 minute dental check-ups beginning at age one.

During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will:

  • Review your child’s medical and dental history and examine the teeth, oral tissues, and jaws
  • 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 or sealants as needed. Your dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment to help their teeth stay strong.
  • Demonstrate correct brushing and oral hygiene techniques

The dentist will advise you about any decay or other problems requiring treatment, and our staff will schedule an appointment for the treatment. Regularly scheduled visits will help your child keep their teeth for a lifetime. Dr. Halum and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry agree that children should be seen every 6 months for their dental cleanings as it is the standard of care.