Cleanings are often one of the most despised parts of a patient’s dental visit. However, after learning more about it, you may discover that there is little to be anxious about, as well as the value of getting routine cleanings.
Our dental hygienist split up teeth cleaning into six different parts. We’ll go into each one and provide a short explanation of what they entail.
- A Physical Exam – A physical exam is performed by one of our hygienists before any work is completed on your teeth. They’ll inspect for any immediate problems with a tiny mirror. Gingivitis, plaque accumulation, and visible tooth loss or damage are all examples of this.
- Remove Tartar and Plaque – Our hygienist will then use a tiny mirror and a scraper tool (scaler) to clear some loose tartar and plaque buildups. You’ll hear a scraping sound most of the time, but it is not painful. This process may take longer if there is much buildup on your teeth.
- Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning – A coarse toothpaste is safe to use twice a year in a professional dental facility. If you attempt the same treatment at home, you risk ruining your teeth’s enamel. Our dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth with a particular electrical toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Expert Flossing – When our dental hygienists are flossing, we search for any spots prone to bleeding on the gums and remove any buildups left behind from brushing.
- Rinse – Once your teeth have been brushed and polished and the majority of the residue has been carefully washed, the rinse aids in the removal of any fine plaque or accumulation that did not fall off previously. The rinse aids in keeping the mouth as clean and healthy as possible.
- Fluoride Treatment – Fluoride treatments apply a protective coating to the teeth, allowing them to continue preserving themselves and remaining cavity-free. Since fluoride hardens as it comes into contact with saliva, you can eat and drink right after your dentist appointment.