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Dental Cleaning Specialist

RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Rye, NY

Regular dental cleanings are the backbone of good oral health in children. At RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry in Downtown Rye, New York, pediatric dentists Deborah Troy, DDS, and Charles Yau, DDS, perform comprehensive dental cleanings for children of all ages. Routine dental cleanings ensure your child’s teeth remain healthy and cavity-free. To schedule a dental cleaning for your child, call RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry, or book an appointment online today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a preventive treatment that removes plaque and bacteria from your child’s teeth. The team at RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child in for a cleaning at least once every six months to maintain their oral health.

Why does my child need a dental cleaning?

While regular brushing and flossing are important for a healthy smile, only a dentist or hygienist can effectively remove plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth. Plaque is a sticky type of bacteria that clings to teeth. It can easily reach the crevices of your child’s teeth, where it festers. Meanwhile, tartar (hardened plaque) requires special dental tools to remove.

During a dental cleaning, the team also examines your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth, to check for early signs of decay or damage. Early identification of dental concerns can help prevent potentially serious oral health problems, such as tooth erosion, gum disease, and severe decay.

Preventive treatments, like dental cleanings and sealants, are far less expensive and time-consuming than restorative work. By preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other common oral health problems, you’re potentially saving your family time and money in the future.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

When your child arrives for their dental cleaning, the team first performs a dental exam to identify signs of damage or decay. They may take digital X-rays to see the underlying structures in your child’s mouth and to determine if there are any hidden cavities located between the teeth.

Next, the team uses special dental tools to gently remove plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth. RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry is proud to use the most advanced tools in pediatric dentistry.

While the team cleans your child’s teeth, they may use the Ivory® ReLeaf™ hands-free high-volume evacuation (HVE) device to suction saliva when indicated. This device ensures your child’s cleaning is a comfortable experience.

Once the team removes all traces of plaque, they brush, floss, and polish your child’s teeth with professional-grade materials. Finally, they may apply a tooth-strengthening fluoride treatment to protect your child’s smile.

For more information on dental cleanings, call RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry, or schedule an appointment online today.