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1880 Willow Park Way
Monument, CO 80132

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Knowing exactly what is going on during dental cleaning appointments can help ease your stress and allow you to better enjoy the hygienic results.

Step 1: A Physical Exam

Teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with a physical exam of your entire mouth. The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other signs of gum disease. 

Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar

With the small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar around the gum line, below the gumline, and in between your teeth. 

Step 3: Polishing Paste

The hygienist then polishes your teeth with a rotary rubber cup filled with polishing paste, which removes all remaining stains, and leaves your teeth smooth.

Step 4: Flossing

Your dental hygienist then flosses deep between your teeth to ensure that all surfaces are smooth and clean, and have no rough or ledged dental restorations.

Step 5: Fluoride Treatment

The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help prevent future decay. 


Note:  A proper dental hygiene procedure requires a 50 to 60-minute appointment to be thorough, generate no discomfort for the patient, and include a routine exam by the dentist.

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All dental treatments on this website were performed by Dr. Thomas Hughes.

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