Although many patients definitely don’t look forward to having their teeth cleaned professionally, it’s actually a simple, painless process that has many benefits. Most people think it’s done for cosmetic reasons only, and while it’s true that professional teeth cleanings help keep your smile white and bright, the advantages don’t end there. One of the key aspects of maintaining good dental health is prevention, and twice-yearly oral exams, which include teeth cleaning, is the first line of defense against serious dental problems.
What to Expect From a Professional Teeth Cleaning
The first thing that will happen during a professional teeth cleaning session is a physical exam of your entire mouth. You’ll be checked for any sign of visual abnormalities that may indicate problems with your teeth or gums. Keep in mind that the earlier a condition is caught, the better the prognosis. Some dental issues, such as early-stage gingivitis, can even be reversed with proper treatment.
The next step involves plaque and tartar removal. The dental hygienist will use a scaling tool to remove any plaque and tartar buildup between the teeth and near the gumline.
After the scaling process is complete, the hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth using a high-powered electric toothbrush and a toothpaste with a gritty consistency that’s designed to gently remove any residual plaque from your teeth and to leave them as clean as possible.
Flossing and Fluoride
The final steps in professional teeth cleaning is as expert flossing session finished off with a fluoride treatment designed to help protect your teeth from decay.
Please feel free to reach out to us at your convenience to schedule your next professional teeth cleaning.