When your child comes in for a dental cleaning, a hygienist or the dentist will remove mineralized plaque that can develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. Routine dental cleanings are important in maintaining your child’s oral health and it is recommended they come in for a cleaning once every six months.
What to expect:
The dentist/hygienists will first do what is called scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and gums. They then polish and buff the teeth. The dentist may come in for an exam at the end of the cleaning. A dental cleaning can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.