Preventive care includes regular professional teeth cleanings. The frequency of hygiene appointments will depend on the health of your child’s teeth, gums and bone. Healthy children should have their teeth cleaned at least once every 6 months. If your child is at risk of periodontal diseases because of rate of accumulation of deposits, personal oral hygiene practices, tobacco use, or medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, your child’s teeth may need to be cleaned more often.
Professional cleanings and assessments enable us to remain abreast of your child’s oral health and they can provide guidance on steps to take to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Regular preventive dental visits allow problems to be identified early while they can be fixed easily and painlessly.
During a standard appointment, a dental hygienist uses scaling and/or ultrasonic instruments to remove the build-up of soft (plaque) and hard (tartar, calculus or stains) deposits from the teeth and soft tissue. The hygienist and dentist may also:
- Take x-rays
- Check for cavities
- Apply fluoride
- Assess the integrity of existing dental restorations
- Evaluate aesthetic options
- Educate you on your oral health status
- Screen for cancer and other diseases
- Evaluate supporting bone structure
Having your child’s teeth professionally cleaned can prevent or delay the progression of periodontal diseases.