Do you brush and floss your teeth twice a day without fail? Despite carrying out optimum oral hygiene at home, a lot of harmful microbes may end up getting left behind in the hard-to-reach spots on the teeth, such as the intersections, near the gum line, the rear teeth, occlusal grooves, etc. These regions become the most prone to cavities as they could easily develop tartar deposits. If adults themselves are at such a risk of developing cavities, children would be at a far higher risk owing to their food habits and comparatively less thorough oral hygiene. This is where dental cleaning comes into the picture.
What is a dental cleaning procedure?
The process of removing the tartar deposits from the teeth and tooth roots using an ultrasonic scaling appliance is called dental cleaning. The scaling appliance used consists of a metal tip, usually made from stainless steel, which vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. When the scaling tip is brought in contact with the tartar deposits, they would be dislodged and washed away using a jet of water combined with the ultrasonic scaler. Since we cater primarily to children, we also use lasers to clean the tartar deposits from the teeth. This procedure is non-invasive, doesn't cause pain or discomfort, and could seem fun and exciting for your child.
What is deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning is the removal of tartar from the tooth roots and clearing out the deep gum pockets. This procedure involves inserting the scaling tip between the gums and tooth roots, which is why we will administer local anesthesia before commencing the procedure. Once the roots are cleaned for tartar, we will smoothen the surface imperfections on them to reduce microbial deposition. Deep cleaning can also be performed using lasers, which makes it all the more convenient and less invasive for children and young patients. Deep cleaning is quite a helpful procedure especially suggested by dentists during the treatment of gum disease.
Why should your child get dental cleaning done?
It is recommended to take your child to get professional dental cleaning done at least once every six months to keep the growth of microbes and tartar deposition to a minimum. Here are the advantages of it:
- The teeth would appear whiter and cleaner when the tartar deposits are removed from them. This can keep your child from getting mocked in school due to their stained teeth.
- Since the harmful microbes would be removed from the mouth, it would significantly reduce the chances of developing cavities. It is especially helpful to children as they consume more sweets and sugary foods than adults, putting them at a higher risk of developing tooth decay.
- Your child would have fresher breath for longer.
- The health of their gums would improve as the tissues would heal better with the absence of microbes and toxic discharges.
Along with performing routine dental cleaning, the dentist will also look into various aspects of the child's oral health, such as cavities, restorations, gum disease, damaged teeth, etc. If your child requires any treatment on these fronts, we will address them accordingly.
Please do schedule a consultation with our highly trained team of dental experts, and we'll guide you further. Please call us at (480) 739-2993 or reach us through online consultation.