Cleanings & Prevention
Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your child's pediatric dentist at each dental visit.  Your child's teeth and soft tissues will be evaluated for any signs of disease.  If indicated, dental x-rays will be taken in order to evaluate for cavities between the teeth, normal growth and development, and for the presence of pathology of the bones (tumors, cysts, bone loss). 

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed every six months.  However, the the frequency of dental cleanings will be determined by your child's age and overall risk of developing dental disease. 

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.