Professional dental cleaning reinforces healthy oral habits practiced at home and allows dentists/hygienists to identify any areas in the mouth that may require special attention. Dental cleanings usually include a combination of diagnostic, preventive, and educational services. Although the tools used during cleanings may seem intimidating, dental cleanings are safe and can be completely pain-free depending on your tooth and gum sensitivity. People who regularly brush and floss their teeth typically are far less likely to experience any discomfort during a dental cleaning than those who do not properly care for their teeth.
What does a dental cleaning appointment typically entail?
- First, your dentist/hygienist will perform a physical examination of your teeth and gums.
- Using a small mirror to get a look into hard to reach places, your dentist/hygienist then uses a scaler to scrape off the plaque and tartar that has been building up around your gum line and between your teeth.
- Brushing and flossing can stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by dental professionals, and the more of it there is in your mouth the longer it will take to scrape your teeth clean. So, if you want this part of the tooth-cleaning process to go by faster, be sure to regularly brush and floss.
- Next, your dentist/hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush to give your teeth a deep clean.
- Although the high-powered electric brush might make an alarming grinding noise, it is perfectly safe and one of the best ways to remove any remaining tartar that was not scraped away.
- This step utilizes special toothpaste designed to scrub your teeth clean. Your dentist/hygienist will even let you choose which flavor you prefer.
- At this point, your dentist/hygienist will give you an expert flossing session.
- Even if you floss routinely, dentists/hygienists know potential trouble spots and how to get deep between your teeth.
- Next, your dentist/ hygienist will rinse your mouth out to dispose of any debris from scrapping, flossing, or the high-powered electric brush.
- Fluoride treatment is the last step in your dental cleaning appointment.
- Fluoride helps to protect your teeth by helping fight against cavity development for several months.
The Academy of General Dentistry advises patients to make appointments for dental cleanings every six months. Although maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine can certainly help keep your teeth clean and mouth healthy, it is still very important you regularly schedule a professional cleaning with your dentist/hygienist. Contact PS Dental today to set up your dental cleaning!
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