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What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
At Vita Dental, we perform a professional dental cleaning every time you come for your dental appointment. This is one of the effective ways of keeping your oral health in check. It prevents gum disease, cavities, and allows you to have a whiter healthy smile.
However, we are aware that some patients are not comfortable sitting on the dentist’s chair and having the prodding and the strange noises from the procedure can be a reason that keeps them away from the dentist. This article seeks to inform you exactly what happens during a dental cleaning procedure. This way you will be sure that the procedure is painless and necessary for your oral health. Below is a step-by-step explanation of the dental cleaning procedure.
The physical inspection
The first thing the dentist or dental hygienist will do is perform an oral physical exam. He or she will examine your teeth and gums. The dental hygienist will use a mirror to check every part of your mouth. He will be looking for any cavities, inflamed gums, or any other oral concern.
In case there is a concern, the dentist might have to deal with it before proceeding with the cleaning. The dentist will also ask you if you have any questions regarding your teeth or the cleaning procedure. This is the best time to air those concerns or ask questions you might have.
X-rays are often done once per year on your teeth and mouth. If this is your first dental cleaning appointment, the dentist might request you have a dental x-ray so he gets to know the current state of your oral health before proceeding with the dental cleaning process. The dentist might recommend a dental x-ray in case he wants to check on any of the following oral concerns.
Tumor and cysts
Removal of plaque and tarter
The dental hygienist will use the small mirror to see places that have plaque and tartar. He will scale this off using a scaler. This process is not painful although you will hear the scraping noises as the dental hygienist scraps the plaque off from your gum line and in between your teeth. If you have gingivitis, you might notice that your gums will bleed after the procedure and you might feel sore after.
Plaque is the bacteria that builds up around your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth does help in the removal of most of the plaque. Nevertheless, your brush and floss might not reach some areas. This is why the professional dental cleaning procedure is important. If left to accumulate, plaque causes cavities and gum disease.
Polishing of your teeth
Using a high-powered brush and gritty toothpaste, your oral hygienist will polish your teeth to ensure no tartar is left behind. The high-powered toothbrush will make a grinding sound that might be loud and scary but this process is very important for the removal of any remaining tartar. The gritty toothpaste comes in different flavors and your hygienist might ask you what flavor you prefer. The gritty consistency of the toothbrush gently scrubs your teeth and leaves them smooth and shiny. When you run your tongue on your teeth after this process, you will feel the smoothness on your teeth.
Professional flossing session
The hygienist will use a length of floss to give you a thorough floss. If you floss at home, you might think this is pointless but your hygienist will be able to note areas of concern and give these areas a thorough cleaning. The hygienist will also recommend better techniques to floss your teeth and recommend areas you can put more emphasis on while flossing and cleaning your teeth.
Rinsing using fluoride
Rinsing removes any debris and can be done by use of fluoride treatment. This will protect your teeth from cavities and will keep your teeth healthy until the next dental appointment. A mouthpiece filled with fluoride will be inserted in your mouth for a minute for the treatment to get into your gums and teeth. After, you will rinse your mouth of debris and extra fluoride.
After the cleaning process, your dentist might recommend other dental procedures depending on the state of your oral health and the x-ray results. For your child, the dentist might recommend the use of molar sealants or even teach your child how to brush in hard-to-reach areas. The dentist will also evaluate the state of any dental restorations you might have and give recommendations on how best to take care of them.
You should never miss your dental cleaning appointments as the professional cleaning of your teeth done during such appointments keeps cavities and periodontal diseases away. At Vita Dental, our dental hygienists and dentists are experienced in providing quality dental cleaning services to all members of your family. If you live in Spring Texas, book an appointment with us and let us give you a professional cleaning.
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