Our office understands the importance of keeping teeth healthy and clean through the process of a dental cleaning procedure. Dental cleanings aren't simply for adults. We recommend that children undergo the preventive oral procedure. We call it preventive because a dental cleaning, which includes a thorough oral examination, allows our pediatric dentists to observe the health of a child's mouth and find any possible cavities or dental ailments before they worsen. The dental staff at Signature Smiles are highly trained to provide the highest level of comfort for every child throughout the teeth cleaning process.

Since children are typically very visual, our pediatric dentist will discuss what the dental cleaning process is followed by a demonstration of the procedure. Once the child has a good udnerstanding of what will take place, the dentist proceeds to begin the teeth cleaning process.

Our staff will inspect the health of the teeth and gums. Dr. T. will begin with a tooth scraper to remove plaque from the teeth, which will help fight bacteria and keep the gums and teeth protected. The dental hygienist will brush and floss your child's teeth thoroughly to remove any excess plaque.

Once the dental procedure is completed, we will provide instructions to the parents and child for how to properly maintain their teeth, such as brushing, flossing, and other oral maintenance tips./p>

Having your child’s teeth cleaned by our staff at least once every six (6) months is definitely a habit worth getting into. In addition to the benefits of having clean teeth and gums, a routine of professional teeth cleaning can also help with your child’s overall health.

We’ll talk about it in this issue.

What’s involved in professional teeth cleaning?

During your child’s visit to Clermont Kid's Dentistry, we’ll:
  • Remove the calculus (not the math, but hardened plaque that clings to the enamel of your teeth and can be removed only by specialized dental instruments);
  • Get rid of the other sticky plaque formed on the teeth that serves as a breeding ground for living bacteria;
  • Polish your child’s teeth to remove stains; and
  • Go over instruction of effective oral hygiene with your child.

Why should my child have his teeth cleaned every six months?

It’s not just children who should have their teeth cleaned every six months; that’s a good routine for everyone, including adults, to get into. That’s because a professional teeth cleaning also serves as an early warning system for your dental health. During your teeth cleaning appointment, the dentist and hygienist can look for signs of other potential problems – cavities, receding gums, or other medical problems – and get an early start on correcting them.

Is there a link between healthy teeth and overall health?

There sure is! There’s a lot of truth to the saying that your oral health reflects your overall health. New research tells us that if your oral health is poor, there may also be other health problems. For example, bad breath and bleeding gums can be a signal of diabetes, while gum disease can be a sign of cardiovascular (heart) troubles. When you consider that over 90% of conditions that negatively impact our bodies have oral symptoms, the link between oral health and overall health is easy to see.

Reviewd by: Dr. Faraz Tartibi DMD