Dental Cleanings are not high on anyone’s list of favorite ways to spend an hour. No one likes to be prodded with someone peering into their mouth. Top that off with strange noise, and occasionally some discomfort, and it is easy to understand why not too many people come skipping into our dental office!
However… for most, a teeth cleaning is simple and painless, and knowing what is happening during the dental cleaning can ease fears and calm anxiety.
First, you will be greeted and shown to an exam room where you will be given a dental physical exam. Generally, these exams are performed by a dental hygienist who will use a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums, checking for signs of gingivitis and other issues. Anything they note, they will record for the dentist.
Next, the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar on the teeth, using a tool called a scaler, around the gum line and between teeth. Remember that regular brushing and flossing will stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar… (So, to make this part of the cleaning faster and more comfortable, keep up on your at-home dental care).
After the plaque removal, the hygienist will use a professional mechanical brush with a gritty toothpaste to deep clean each of your teeth fronts, backs, tops, bottoms, and any sides that can be reached and finishes it off with an expert cleaning and then will ask you to rinse to get your mouth nice and clean.
Your hygienist may ask the dentist to come in and check your teeth and mouth at any time during this process depending on the dentist’s schedule, but it usually happens after the brushing and flossing. The dentist will confirm any observations the hygienist made, such as gum disease, or cavities and discuss treatment options with you.
The last step is a fluoride treatment which is just brushed onto your teeth and dries quickly. The fluoride treatment protects your teeth from future cavities.
Call Parkview Dental at 480.818.9016 to schedule your next appointment.