Preventative Dental Procedure
Oral health is one of the most underrated aspects of a person’s overall health. If you ignore the condition of your teeth and gums, it could lead to a myriad of issues. We strive to educate our patients on preventative care at home, as well as giving you a professional cleaning in-office. We recommend that you schedule a cleaning every 6 months to keep your health in check.
Our friendly dental hygienists will first examine your mouth for signs of inflammation, plaque and tartar, or other oral health concerns and may get the dentist to take a look before going ahead with the cleaning.
We will then take an X-Ray of your mouth to determine the extent of cavities or other oral issues we can’t determine from the exterior.
Remove Plaque & Tartar
The hygienist will remove plaque and tartar with a tool called a scaler. It will sound like scraping, but know that sound is normal.
If this sounds like something that makes you cringe, the best thing you can do to minimize the scraping is to brush and floss every day. This will remove plaque from your teeth, keeping it from building up and hardening into tartar.
Cleaning With Toothpaste
After the hygienist has removed all of the tartar and plaque, they will brush your teeth using an electric toothbrush. This will make a sort of grinding noise against your teeth, but this is also normal. It gives your teeth a deep clean. The toothpaste they use will feel gritty because it’s made with particles that help scrub your teeth.
Yes, please floss at home on a regular basis! Getting a professional to floss your teeth is important as well—they are able to see what you might miss and get in there to clean everything out. Then comes a rinse out of all that gunk!
Fluoride treatment is the final step in your cleaning. This will be a flavored gel that will sit on your teeth for a minute or a sticky paste that will be brushed on. This helps prevent cavities.
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