Pediatric Teeth Cleaning at Primary Dental Care

The dentists and hygienists at Primary Dental Care cannot emphasize strongly enough the need for pediatric teeth cleaning. Cleaning your child’s teeth routinely during a visit to the dentist’s office can help ensure ongoing dental health. Although the process takes less than one hour, pediatric teeth cleaning can have both an immediate and lasting effect on your child’s dental wellbeing.


There are numerous benefits to pediatric teeth cleaning. The cleaning is designed to remove plaque and tartar from the child’s teeth and from around the gums. This is an essential aspect of sound dental health.

Plaque develops on your teeth when bacteria and certain carbohydrate sugars combine. When left untreated the plaque, when mixes with saliva, can turn into tartar, creating an acid that attacks the protective enamel on the teeth. If the enamel breaks down, then the softer material under it, the dentin, is at risk. If the dentin becomes compromised by decay, it’s simply a matter of time before the nerves in the tooth are affected and pain is felt.

Because pediatric teeth cleaning focuses on removing tartar and plaque and making your child’s teeth and gums totally clean of such agents, it is a major factor in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease. Along with providing these essential benefits, a good in-house cleaning of your child’s teeth will make their mouth feel better and give them a clean slate as far as their dental wellbeing is concerned.

The Process

The process of pediatric teeth cleaning does not unto itself involve a pediatric dental exam, although it is recommended that both occur during the same visit. The exam will find any current or developing problems, while the cleaning will serve to help preserve your child’s dental wellbeing in the near future.


There are three basic steps to pediatric teeth cleaning. First, the dental hygienist will use various tools to remove any plaque and tartar from and around your teeth and gums. This is usually done with manual tools, which are utilized to scrape decay causing materials off the teeth and gums, and, also, a water and air syringe. The syringe includes a high-powered, intense jet of water that can gently loosen and remove materials.


The second step involves the application of fluoride to the child’s teeth. Although not required as part of a pediatric teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments have been proven to help protect teeth from plaque buildup, as the substance strengthens enamel, making it more resistant to attacking agents.

The third and final step involves instructions on brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash. If utilized properly on a daily basis, these are three elements that can help greatly enhance your child’s dental health, preserving their teeth and gums and protecting them from tooth decay.

Sound Dental Routine

Undergoing a pediatric teeth cleaning every six-months is recommended for a few reasons. First, routinely scheduled cleanings will rid your child’s teeth of harmful plaque and tartar and go a long way to making sure their teeth are free of cavities. Second, six-month cleanings help to reinforce the need for the child to develop a solid dental routine that includes daily brushing, flossing, and use of an antibacterial mouthwash. Such a routine will go a long way to enabling the wellbeing of their teeth and gums.

Setting Up an Appointment

To make an appointment for your child’s pediatric teeth cleaning or to ask questions about cleaning or other pediatric services, contact the family dental professionals at Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California. We can be reached by calling 714-537-5700. We will be happy to discuss pediatric teeth cleaning and any other dental services with you.