Pediatric Dentist Dearborn, MI

What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning? Dearborn, MI

Your child should have their first dentist appointment before their first birthday or within 6 months of getting their first tooth, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

The best way to protect your child's healthy smile is to make sure they get the pediatric dental care they need.

Continue reading to learn what happens during a routine teeth cleaning. For example, if your child has a dental phobia, we may recommend laughing gas during their appointment to help them relax.

Our first priority is to help your child feel safe and comfortable in the dentist's chair.

Examine Teeth and Gums

First, a dental hygienist will examine your child's teeth and gums with a small mirror. If it's been awhile since your child's last dental checkup, the exam may reveal obvious signs of tooth decay or even gum disease. If this is the case, the dental hygienist will pass this information along to your child's pediatric dentist so they can determine how to proceed.

Remove Plaque and Tartar

Dental hygienists use a special tool called a scaler to gently scrape away plaque on teeth. While brushing and flossing teeth at home is all well and good, your child should also see their pediatric dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup.

Only a dental professional will be able to remove hardened plaque (tartar) from your child's smile. A dental hygienist will also be able to remove plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line. Dental plaque buildup is one of the leading causes of cavities and gingivitis, which is why it's important you schedule an appointment with your child's dentist office to remove plaque from teeth.

Brush Teeth with Gritty Toothpaste

The toothpaste we use at our dentist office is different from what your child uses at home. We use gritty toothpaste to polish your child's teeth so they can smile with confidence. We have a variety of flavored toothpastes for your child to choose from, which include vanilla and mint.

The dental hygienist will use a high-powered toothbrush to clean your child's teeth, which makes a loud whirring sound. If your child has dental anxiety, it's important to remind them that a dental cleaning should never hurt.

Floss Between Teeth

One of the last steps of your child's dental cleaning is for the hygienist to floss between teeth. This is an important step because it removes plaque hiding in between teeth so your child can maintain good oral health. While flossing, the dental hygienist will also be able to spot areas where your child's gum bleeds.

Bleeding gums is just one of many signs your child could have gingivitis (early gum disease). It's important to schedule dentist appointments twice a year so you can catch oral health issues as soon as possible. A strong foundation for oral health starts in childhood.

Rinse Mouth

The dental hygienist will spray some water in your child's mouth and tell them to swish. Rinsing is one of the final steps because it removes residual toothpaste, plaque, and other debris.

Final Checkup with Pediatric Dentist

Once your child is done with their teeth cleaning, their pediatric dentist will come in to do the final checkup. If no problems are found, your child is all set. You'll be asked to set up your child's next dentist teeth cleaning in six months time. Teeth cleaning side effects include having a beautiful healthy smile. However, some patients may experience bleeding gums if there are other oral health issues going on.

To schedule your child's appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call Children's Dental Care in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia. We look forward to hearing from you!