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.
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm