Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Harbor Kids' Teeth

Lisa A Block, DMD, MS

Pediatric Dentist located in Gig Harbor, WA

Routine teeth cleanings for your child offer one of the best ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy. At Harbor Kids’ Teeth in Gig Harbor, Washington, board-certified dentist Lisa Block, DMD, MS, provides comprehensive dental cleanings twice a year for your child at their routine visits. To schedule an appointment for your child, call Harbor Kids’ Teeth today or use the online booking tool.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Why does my child need professional teeth cleaning?

In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, professional teeth cleaning helps keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Most plaque can be removed with brushing and flossing. However, if it remains on your child’s teeth, it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can trap bacteria on your child’s teeth and increase their chances for developing dental problems like:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth loss

Unfortunately, tartar can’t be removed with simple at-home oral care. That’s why your child needs routine, professional teeth cleaning.

What can my child expect from their teeth cleaning?

When your child comes to Harbor Kids’ Teeth for their cleaning, the dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth and gum line. 

The next step includes applying gritty toothpaste to your child’s teeth and polishing them with a high-speed, electric toothbrush. Finally, to remove any remaining debris, the hygienist flosses your child’s teeth. Throughout the cleaning process, your child can rinse their mouth out at any time they need.

After the cleaning, Dr. Block examines your child’s teeth to check for signs of cavities and gum disease.

How often should my child get a teeth cleaning?

Your child should have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, they might require more frequent cleanings depending on their oral health needs. For example, if your child takes medications that give them dry mouth, or if they have diabetes, they will need cleanings more often.

Dr. Block can give her recommendation at your child’s visit.

How can my child take care of their teeth between professional teeth cleanings?

Dr. Block and the team recommend that your child brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush and floss at least once a day for three minutes.

Limit your child’s sugar intake. Instead of allowing them to drink sodas, encourage them to drink water. Also, develop a nutrition plan that helps them avoid eating too many sweets.

With good oral hygiene practices and regular teeth cleanings, your child can have a beautiful smile for a lifetime.

To schedule a teeth cleaning appointment for your child, call Harbor Kids’ Teeth today or book a visit online.