It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your child's teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.
Once your child's periodontal treatment has been completed, your child's pediatric dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that your child have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for your child to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.
In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your child's appointment will usually include:
Examination of diagnostic digital x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. Digital X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping your child's periodontal disease under control!