Seeing a dental Hygienist for cleaning procedures at least twice a year should be an important part of your child's oral development. When you take your kid to the dentist, a routine cleaning helps get rid of plaque and tartar buildup.
What Are Dental Teeth Cleaning Procedures for Children?
Dental cleaning procedures help give the dental Hygienist a good idea of how healthy your child's teeth are and if he or she has been brushing and flossing at home.
Routine cleanings should begin as soon your child's first teeth come in. Teeth cleaning procedures typically follow the these steps:
- A dental Hygienist will take a look at your child’s teeth and check them for any possible problems such as plaque or cavities.
- Next, any plaque found will be removed. The dental Hygienist will floss in between your child's teeth and use special tools to scrape off any tartar (hardened, built up plaque).
- Then, the dental Hygienist will use a motorized brush and some toothpaste to clean and polish the teeth.
- The dental Hygienist will often decide to take x-rays to double check that everything is alright with your child's mouth.
- Finally, your child will usually get a quick fluoride treatment to protect his or her teeth.