Dental Exams and Cleanings Service
Many people feel afraid of teeth cleanings. Between the prodding, strange noises, and the occasional jaw discomfort, it’s easy to understand their apprehension. But for most of the patients, a teeth cleaning is a simple process and quite painless.Knowing exactly that what is going on during the process can help you to ease your stress and allow you to feel better and enjoy the minty-fresh results.
1. A physical dental exam
Mostly, teeth cleanings are performed by the dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with a physical examination of your entire mouth.The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums if any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns.If any major problem will be detected, the dental hygienist might call the dentist to make sure it’s fine to proceed or not.
2. Removing plaque and tartar
With the small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scalar to get rid of plaque and tartar (if present) around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. You’ll hear scraping, but that is very normal. The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time they’ll need to scrape the particular spot.Brushing and flossing stop the growth of plaque and it’s hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, you can only remove it at your dentist’s clinic. So if you don’t like teeth cleaning, the lesson is to brush and floss more often.
3. Gritty toothpaste cleaning
After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a highly-powered electric brush, which makes a grinding noise. While it sounds scary, it’s a great way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar left behind the teeth from the scalar.Professional cleanings usually use the toothpaste smell and taste like regular toothpaste, though you can often choose between flavors. However, it has a gritty consistency which gently scrubs your teeth. If done by a professional, this polishing of the teeth is deemed safe to do twice in a year. But don’t be as harsh with your teeth at home, otherwise, you’ll wear down the enamel.
4. Expert flossing
Whether you floss regularly at home or not, nothing can beat an expert flossing session. Your dental hygienist can get deep between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where your gums can bleed.
Next, you rinse out your mouth to get rid of any kind of debris. The dental hygienists usually give you a rinse that contains liquid fluoride.
6. Applying fluoride treatment
The last step of the cleaning process is the fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help in the fight against cavities for several months.Your dental hygienist may ask you about your favorite flavor. They’ll then place a foamy gel over your teeth. Then they left that on your teeth for one minute. Along with the foamy gel, fluoride varnish is also painted onto the teeth with a small brush. Fluoride varnish will harden when in contact with saliva, so you can eat and drink immediately after it.
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