It's just the truth: Some people absolutely dread having their teeth cleaned. Experiences like prodding, occasional jaw discomfort and strange noises can lead to apprehension on the part of patients. But for the vast majority of people, a teeth cleaning procedure is actually quite simple and completely painless.
We put together this teeth cleaning guide so that you can understand every step of the teeth cleaning process to ensure that you have a stress-free experience and can completely enjoy your minty-fresh results.
The goal of a professional teeth cleaning session is the removal of plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. Even though you may floss and brush correctly at home, tartar can still develop. Having your teeth cleaned is a vital part of proper oral hygiene and crucially important to the health of both your teeth and gums. You should have your teeth cleaned at least every 6-12 months to prevent gum disease.
Teeth cleaning appointments typically begin with a physical exam of your teeth. Your dental hygienist will begin by checking your teeth and gums using a small mirror to detect any symptoms of gingivitis or other potential concerns. If any problems are detected, your dentist may be called in for an appraisal.
Next, your dental hygienist will use a small mirror to guide a scaler for the removal of plaque and tartar at your gum line. The scaler will also be used between your teeth. It is normal to hear scraping noises as the process continues. If you have a good deal of tartar that requires removing, you can prevent it by brushing and flossing more often.
The next part of a teeth cleaning appointment involves brushing your teeth using a powered electric brush. You will probably hear a grinding noise at this time, but this part is quite comfortable. Your dental hygienist will be using a special gritty toothpaste that will gently scrub your teeth.
Next, your dental hygienist will efficiently floss your teeth, reaching deep between them to find any trouble spots where debris may be hiding. Finally, we will rinse out your mouth thoroughly. You may also be given a mouthwash containing liquid fluoride.
If you have been letting your teeth cleaning appointments slide, please reach out to the office of Image Dental & Orthodontics today to schedule this important visit and prevent problems from developing with your gums and teeth.