Routine dental cleanings and exams are important for your child to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent decay and disease. Your daily home care is also critical, but the professional cleanings remove sticky and mineralized plaque that can develop despite good brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines say the patient’s risk for caries or periodontal (gum) disease helps determine the interval for recare, i.e. either every 3 months or every 6 months. This interval is determined by our dental team. These preventive appointments typically last between 30 minutes and an hour, and parents are always welcome to come back to the treatment area or wait in the lobby. During the appointment, your child’s teeth will be polished and scaled to remove the plaque, tartar and stain from the tooth surfaces. He or she will get to pick a fun toothpaste flavor like fruit punch or bubble gum, and they will get to watch a kid-friendly movie overhead.