teeth cleaning

Did you know that regular flossing and brushing may not be sufficient to keep oral bacteria at bay? No worries though, because a routine checkup every six months often includes a dental cleaning for the removal of plaque, resistant tartar and bacteria hidden beneath your gum line. These are necessary to prevent caries and gum disease, and saves you money on restorative procedures. And if that’s not enough reason to opt for a teeth cleaning, just think of how much brighter your teeth will be. Here’s what you can expect.

A Dental Examination

This is conducted to ascertain the condition and health of your teeth and gums. Your dental hygienist uses a tiny probe with an angled mirror to inspect your mouth for any deep pockets, redness, or inflammation.

He or she also may investigate any tell-tale signs of teeth grinding. Infections or oral cancer also can be detected here by inspecting your neck, tongue, cheeks, lips and palate.

Cleaning Via Scaling

Your dental hygienist will scrape off the plaque and tartar with a scaler on your teeth surface and beneath your gum line. This device uses a liquid called lavage, and vibration to remove resistant tartar. You will be asked to rinse thoroughly to loosen any remaining dislodged deposits. Do not be alarmed if your gums tend to bleed here, as this is fairly common, especially if you are not accustomed to regular teeth cleaning.

Buffing

Your dental hygienist will brush your teeth with an electronic rotary brush and gritty paste, before requesting that you rinse with a mouthwash comprising liquid fluoride. Note that the paste serves as a polisher, due to its abrasiveness. Each tooth will be thoroughly flossed thereafter. Your gums may bleed too here, especially if you have not been flossing regularly.

Fluoride Treatment

This is essentially the final part of your teeth cleaning and could help prevent tooth decay for months after your dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist may place a gel or paste over a mouthpiece. You’ll be required to wear this for at least one minute.

Dental cleaning is usually painless, but there are times when your gums may be sensitive during or after your cleaning. Always inform your dental hygienist if you feel any discomfort during the procedure, so that he or she can numb your gums. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment for your routine dental cleaning.

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