Dental Cleaning

Dental cleanings remove the buildup of plaque and tartar, which are the primary cause of gum disease and bad breath.

Does my child need dental cleanings?

Short answer: Yes! Dental cleanings are essential for maintaining oral health and reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Early childhood tooth decay is the most common health problem that children suffer from. A simple cavity can go on to become a full-fledged oral infection or abscess. These have potential to affect the child’s overall health which is why preventive care is so essential. The Academy of General Dentistry strongly recommends dental cleanings every six months.

This dental cleaning is for patients with healthy gum tissue.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a cleaning, the hygienist will use a dental scaler to remove the plaque and/or tartar buildup that’s on the tooth, in between the teeth, or around the gumline. After the plaque and tartar have been removed, the teeth are polished by a high-powered toothbrush and a gritty, sweet flavored tooth paste. Your child will have the ability to choose their preferred toothpaste flavor, like bubble gum, cherry, or mint. The teeth will feel very slick and smooth after polishing.

Does insurance cover it?

Yes. Insurance covers dental cleanings twice a year (which is the Academy of General Dentistry’s recommendation).