Oral Hygiene

Professional dental cleanings at Atlantis Dentistry and Carousel Dentistry help maintain beautiful smiles.

Quick and Easy Dentist Cleaning Appointments

A cleaning at the dentist may seem minor, but it’s essential for healthy teeth and gums.

A dental hygienist with an oral hygiene patient in a chair.

Even if your child is a great brusher and flosser, they’re probably missing a few spots. These missed spots can lead to tooth decay, staining, pesky plaque buildup, and even serious disease.

By scheduling regular professional dental cleanings in Greensboro… opens in a new window to Google Maps… or Durham… opens in a new window to Google Maps…, our dental teams can help your child maintain and even improve their smile!

Oral hygiene cleanings can:

  • Brighten teeth and remove stains

  • Prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other diseases

  • Remove plaque that leads to hardened tartar

We recommend you schedule your child’s visit to the dentist every six months.

Top Reasons for Regular Dental Cleanings

Here are just a few reasons why you should schedule biannual cleanings for your child.


An in-depth cleaning by a dentist helps ensure your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy.

Overall Wellness

It’s important your child maintains their oral health because it contributes to their overall health.


Hard-to-reach spots are cleaned so that your child can avoid bad breath, stains, and serious issues.

How Cleanings Work

In just three steps, our dental hygienist cleans your child's teeth and gums.

Hygienist holding model of teeth and toothbrush with kid patient.

A thorough cleaning at our children’s dentist office helps your child maintain a bright and healthy smile, but it also helps prevent serious health issues that can be detected through oral health. Poor dental hygiene is linked to gum disease, tooth loss, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, cancers, and various other problems.

  • Step 1

    Our dental hygienist checks your child’s mouth to ensure no issues, such as gingivitis, before proceeding. Using a small mirror, we’re able to inspect hard-to-reach places that are usually difficult to see.

  • Step 2

    We start cleaning. Using a scaler, we remove plaque on teeth, especially near the gumline and between teeth. The next part of cleaning is brushing and flossing to ensure we thoroughly clean each tooth.

  • Step 3

    The cleaning is complete (that was fast, right?). Then we rinse the teeth and provide a fluoride treatment, if necessary. In addition to fluoride treatment, we may recommend other tips for the best ways to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy at home.

We recommend biannual visits to make it easy to quickly and effectively clean your child’s teeth. The longer you wait, the more buildup their teeth may have, which makes cleanings more difficult.

Even if your child is overdue for a professional cleaning at the dentist, we don’t judge, and we’ll make the experience comfortable and stress-free from start to finish.

I’ve had the pleasure of bringing my two girls here. My 22-year-old went there as a child, and her teeth are still beautiful. They know us, and when we come in, they treat us like family. I love Gilbert; he’s the greatest. Along with the ladies who have been there since my girls have been there.

M.G., 5-Star Google Review

I enjoy that parents can attend their child’s teeth cleaning. The dentists and staff are very nice. I like the ocean decor and the large windows to allow you to see outside. They do a great job.

Beverly W., 5-Star Google Review

FAQ about Oral Hygiene

  • What is the best oral hygiene routine?

    We recommend your child brush and floss their teeth twice a day. Be sure they brush thoroughly so that they reach all parts of their teeth.

    The equipment your child uses is essential for their daily routine. Make sure their toothbrush comfortably fits their mouth and has soft bristles. Brushes wear and tear over time, so pay attention and know when to replace their brush. Worn bristles won’t brush as well and may miss tight spaces. As for toothpaste, make sure it’s an FDA-approved toothpaste to prevent cavities.

  • How do you take care of oral hygiene?

    Brush twice a day and brush after meals if they can, using an FDA-approved toothpaste. Be sure they floss thoroughly as well.

    In addition to maintaining oral hygiene at home, be sure to schedule regular dental visits so that the dentist can complete a professional cleaning and dental exam to prevent any severe complications.

    One more piece that plays a huge role in oral hygiene that people don’t often think about is proper nutrition. What your child puts in their body affects their oral health and, in turn, their overall health.

  • What does oral hygiene include?

    Oral hygiene includes the practice of brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It’s crucial to the health of your child’s teeth and gums, but also their overall health.

    Dental hygiene affects your child’s total well-being, and inadequate hygiene can negatively affect their life with issues ranging from bad breath to serious mouth diseases. Most people don’t realize it, but oral health is also linked to cardiovascular disease and different types of cancers.

  • What is a routine dental cleaning?

    Routine dental cleanings are professional cleanings every six months completed by a dental hygienist or dentist. They’re a vital step in keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy.

    Schedule your routine dental cleaning at Atlantis Dentistry or Carousel Dentistry today.

  • What is the difference between a dental cleaning and a deep cleaning?

    Similar to dental cleaning, deep cleaning involves the removal of plaque and buildup. The difference is that a regular one is completed every six months for maintenance, while a deep cleaning involves cleaning buildup below the gumline to treat advanced gingivitis called periodontal disease.

    It’s a more in-depth cleaning that involves going deeper down the gumline and the tooth root – the procedure is also called scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning treatment is necessary when bacteria and buildup develop below the gumline, which can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy with Oral Hygiene

Schedule a routine dentist visit in Greensboro or Durham.

Atlantis Dentistry

1002 N Church St, Ste 402
Greensboro, NC 27401

Phone: (336) 335-9990Click to call
Email: benatlantis88@gmail.comClick to email

Carousel Dentistry

5310 N Carolina 55, Ste 103
Durham, NC 27713

Phone: (919) 361-1998Click to call
Email: carouseldentistry@gmail.comClick to send an email