It’s easy to understand why most people aren’t fans of teeth cleaning. However, a teeth cleaning is easy and painless for most, and they are essential in keeping your teeth free from bacteria, tartar, and eventual tooth decay. A professional teeth cleaning by the professionals at JC Dentist gets rid of plaque, tarter and stains on the teeth, and lasts for 30 minutes to an hour.
By understanding what is involved before you go, you’ll feel more comfortable when you are sitting in that dentist’s chair. Here’s a play-by-play account of what to expect at a typical dental cleaning with us:
- A few questions
We will review your dental history first, ask questions about your daily dental care, any abnormal sensations in your teeth, and past dental issues. If you have a health condition such as diabetes, which can influence your teeth, it’s important we know about this. It’s also for this reason that it would be useful to learn about any medications you are taking.
If you have any questions about what happens when your teeth are cleaned, this is also a good time to ask.
- A physical examination
We will then examine your teeth and gums. During this brief inspection, we might use a mirror to get a better look at all of your mouth’s distinct corners. We will check your mouth on your teeth for things like inflamed gums (gingivitis) and dark spots (potential cavities).
- Remove plaque and tartar
Next, with a whirring instrument called a scaler, the hygienist gets rid of the plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth. You may hear scraping sounds during this step–this is perfectly normal. The length of this step relies on how much tartar is built up on the teeth. Furthermore, if you have gingivitis (about 80% of individuals do), your gums may bleed after this procedure.
Plaque is bacteria that grows in and around your teeth in your mouth. It can trigger cavities and gum disease and soon turn into tartar if it is not cleared. Although you can get rid of plaque by brushing and flossing, tartar can only be removed by a dental specialist. So if this is your least favourite aspect of the process of teeth cleaning, you should brush and floss more often.
- Expert flossing
Next comes a flossing session. Your dental hygienist will be able to get close between your teeth and identify any future places where you may your gums that may likely bleed. In the grooves of the chewing surfaces of the teeth, 80% of most cavities occur.
Next, to get rid of any residue, you rinse your mouth. Typically, we will offer you a liquid fluoride rinse.
- Applying fluoride treatment
We can also conduct a fluoride treatment. This prevents your teeth from cavities until you return to our office for the next clean up or check-up. We insert a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth during the treatment. A fluoride foam or gel will fill the mouthpiece and it will stay in your mouth for about a minute. You’ll rinse the surplus fluoride with water afterwards.
Do Cleanings Hurt?
People often wonder if a teeth cleaning can be painful. The truth is that those who engage in adequate oral hygiene at home rarely encounter discomfort when undergoing a dental cleaning. If your oral care methods have been more negligent however, you may face some minor discomfort during the appointment. There’s no need to fear, though! We’ll take all the necessary measures to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible.
Always remember, no matter how good the teeth cleaning good oral hygiene at home is still as important if you want to reduce tarter build-up and gum disease.
Professional teeth cleanings are generally performed twice a year to help keep your teeth healthy. Whether you need further measures or not, the key is to maintain going back to the dentist for frequent teeth cleaning. It’s important not to delay these appointments. The more dedicated you are to taking care of your teeth now, the fewer problems you’ll have down the line. Contact us for an appointment today.