Some people dread going to the dentist, but they know that teeth cleaning can prevent severe oral issues and find problems before they become serious. Dental cleanings twice a year can reduce the risk of developing gum disease, remove plaque and tartar buildup, and find cavities before they cause problems. Knowing what is going to happen during the process can help ease your stress and allow you to look forward to the minty-fresh results.
Physical Exam – A dental hygienist or dentist will examine your teeth and gums using a small mirror to check for signs of gingivitis, or other potential concerns. Your hygienist will usually ask if you have any concerns regarding your teeth or gums.
Digital X-Rays – The hygienist will take digital x-rays of your teeth and mouth. Film will be placed where the x-ray will be taken, and you will be asked to bite down on it while the picture is taken. This will occur numerous times until all the teeth have been x-rayed. They allow the dentist to quickly assess the current state of your teeth and gums.
Removal of Plaques and Tartar – The hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth using a scaler. You may hear scraping noises, but this is normal. Your gums may bleed a little and feel a bit sore afterward.
Professional Polishing – The hygienist brushes your teeth with a high-powered electric brush which will remove most stains. They will use a flavored gritty toothpaste that will polish your teeth and leave them smooth and shiny.
Expert Flossing – The hygienist will guide a length of floss deep between your teeth and locate the areas where your gums might bleed. Problem areas will be pointed out so that you will pay more attention to them in the future.
Rinsing – Next, you rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris. Your dental hygienist will usually give you a rinse that contains liquid fluoride.
Final Inspection – After your teeth cleaning, your dentist may perform a final examination. Any concerns from your x-rays will be discussed. The depth of your gingival pockets may be checked to learn the condition of your gums. Additionally, the dentist will evaluate any dental restorations (fillings, crown, etc.) and check for oral cancer.
Now that you know what happens during a teeth cleaning, are you ready to schedule your next appointment? Call New Town Dentistry to schedule one today.