Is it time for your regular dental cleaning? Are you feeling a little nervous? Well, there is no need to feel nervous, anxious, or uneasy. A dental cleaning is an important appointment that helps you have the best oral health possible, and it is an easy, comfortable, and simple process that will include the following steps:
1. Deep Cleaning: When you arrive at our office, our friendly front office team will greet you with a warm, welcoming smile. Then, your hygienist will guide you throughout the office into a comfortable dental chair. Next, your hygienist will place a bib-like cloth over your chest to protect your clothes from water and debris. When you are ready, your hygienist will clean your teeth and remove the plaque with a special dental tool. This is a great way to eliminate the risks associated with gingivitis and periodontitis.
2. Polishing: Once your teeth are cleaned, the hygienist will polish the surfaces of your teeth with a small tool that tickles your smile. This treatment will leave behind a gritty feeling in your mouth, but you will be able to rinse multiple times throughout the process.
3. Flossing: Your hygienist will then floss your teeth, freeing any excess food or substances that are stuck in your smile. This is a great way to floss and deeply clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, like under and around a permanent retainer, and eliminate any harmful bacteria.
4. Fluoride Treatment: After your smile is nice and clean, your hygienist will nourish your teeth with a fluoride treatment. This will be a flavored treatment that comes in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish. Your hygienist will place the fluoride into your mouth and ask you to wait for a few minutes. As you wait, the minerals will soak into your teeth and will give them the strength they need to survive. When the time is up, you will remove the fluoride and rinse your mouth.
5. Taking X-Rays: To ensure that your smile is healthy and strong, our dentist and hygienist will take x-rays of your entire oral cavity, which will show your teeth, roots, and underlying bone. Once the images develop, your dentist will examine them and identify any problems you might have.
If you would like to know more about a dental cleaning and how it can help you, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you feel prepared and confident during your next dental cleaning!