A routine teeth cleaning is recommended twice a year as a part of a preventative dental health regimen, yet many people skip this vital service due to nerves or apprehension. To help better ease any dental anxieties that surround a teeth cleaning, we’ll highlight exactly what happens in this appointment so you can enjoy the sparkling results!
An oral exam is performed.
Teeth cleanings are performed by our wonderful dental hygienists, and before any of the cleaning begins, they do a physical exam of your entire mouth. They’ll use a mirror and look for possible signs of gum disease and any other things that that may need to be addressed. If they find anything, they’ll communicate what’s going on and get the dentist to check it out before the teeth cleaning even begins.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Following the oral exam, the dental hygienist will tackle any plaque or tartar with a scaler around the gum line and in-between teeth. You may hear a scraping sound, and this is normal.
After plaque and tartar are removed the next step is teeth polishing. This is where the dental hygienist uses gritty toothpaste accompanied by an electric toothbrush to gently scrub your teeth. You may hear a high-pitched noise of the toothbrush but this is nothing to be alarmed by, it’s just helping to scrub your teeth and remove any plaque or tartar the scaler left behind.
Flossing is one of the last steps in your teeth cleaning appointment. They’ll give your teeth a nice flossing and identify any weak spots to concentrate on at home.
The last step is your hygienist will give your mouth a rinsing to flush out any debris, plaque, or tartar that stuck around.
A routine teeth cleaning is a very common dental service that is important to get every six months to improve your oral hygiene and keep your mouth healthy and clean.