Girl on dental chair giving dentist a high five

Sparkling Clean Smiles

Our Spring Valley pediatric dentists believe preventative dentistry is the best dentistry! And, regular, professional dental cleanings for kids are a cornerstone of any preventative care plan. During a dental cleaning at Smile Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we use special instruments and our super amazing brushing skills to get rid of hardened plaque (tartar), which can’t be eliminated at home with a regular toothbrush and dental floss. This keeps your child’s teeth and gums healthy and helps them earn a spot in the Cavity-Free Club!

Benefits of Dental Cleanings

During dental cleanings, we can eliminate the plaque and tartar buildup that can’t be removed at home. This reduces your kiddo’s risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

We’re able to assess your child’s teeth and gums up close, letting us see how effective your child’s oral hygiene routine is, as well as spot any problems early on.

Cleanings are a great chance for kids to learn how to brush and floss properly or for parents to learn the ins and outs of caring for their baby or toddler’s teeth.

What Happens During a Child’s Dental Cleaning?

We never dive right into a kid’s dental cleaning. Instead, Dr. Pilcher will chat with your child, show them the instruments she’ll be using and explain the entire cleaning process. Knowing what to expect helps little ones feel relaxed and at ease.

During a cleaning, your child’s pearly whites will be flossed and then a special tool will be used to gently remove plaque and tartar. Finally, their teeth will be cleaned and polished. We’ll wrap things up with a fluoride treatment, if needed, and Dr. Pilcher will perform a comprehensive exam.

Girl holding a dental model

Kids should have a professional dental cleaning at least once every 6 months, or as often as your pediatric dentist recommends.

As soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts, start brushing their teeth twice a day.

Flossing the teeth is responsible for approximately 40% of plaque removal.

Happy Patients, Healthy Smiles

At our fun, bright pediatric dental office in Washington, DC, we treat all of our patients like VIPs. Let’s work together to give your child the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. Schedule a visit at Smile Valley Pediatric Dentistry today!

Book an Appointment