About 40% of children in America get cavities, and that number is actually an improvement over past years. Dr. Hardie and the expert pediatric dental team at Hardie Dentistry for Kids want to help children in Vancouver, Washington, and the surrounding areas become 100% cavity-free. This dedicated team recommends regularly scheduled dental cleanings as part of a good oral hygiene routine to prevent cavities and gum disease. Learn more by calling the office or scheduling your child’s dental cleaning using the online booking tool.

Cleaning Q & A

What can we expect at my child’s dental cleaning appointment?

Regular dental checkups are a vital part of your child’s preventive oral hygiene routine, and establishing healthy teeth and gums at an early age can contribute to beneficial lifelong habits.

At your child’s dental cleaning appointment with Hardie Dentistry for Kids, you can expect to receive the highest level of care and quality.

Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Hardie and his caring pediatric team can explain each step of the cleaning so you and your child feel comfortable and have a pleasant experience.

The dental team cleans, polishes, and flosses your child’s teeth using special tools, including:

  • Scraper
  • Mirror
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Gritty toothpaste

The hygienist removes any stains or plaque from your child’s teeth and along the gums.

During the cleaning, a team member may take X-rays so they can see the position of each tooth under the gum line. The team carefully examines your child’s mouth and teeth to look for any signs of plaque buildup or tooth decay.

They may also apply fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities after they finish cleaning and flossing your child’s teeth.

You may discuss your child’s eating and drinking habits, such as how much sugary drinks, candy, or health foods they regularly consume.

You can expect the cleaning appointment to take about 45 minutes.

How often should I have my child’s teeth cleaned?

Dr. Hardie and his team typically recommend that you schedule a professional dental cleaning for your child every six months.

They also take your child’s age, overall health, and oral hygiene condition into consideration and recommend the best course of action to keep your child’s teeth as healthy as possible or to restore them to optimal condition.

What can we do at home to keep teeth healthy between scheduled cleanings?

Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Hardie and the team explain how you can establish a healthy preventive routine at home.

Generally, your child should brush with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Dr. Hardie and his team explain how to brush effectively so your child cleans both their teeth and gums.

At Hardie Dentistry for Kids, they believe in taking a collaborative approach toward good oral hygiene habits both at home and in the office. They work with you and your child to help prevent tartar buildup and keep teeth clean between professional cleaning visits.

Call the office or schedule a cleaning for your child using the online booking tool.

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