As part of your regular dental checkup, you will receive a dental cleaning, exam, and any needed X-rays. This is one of the most common dental procedures and is a great way to help maintain a healthy mouth and smile. At your cleaning appointment, your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth. This lowers your risk of tooth decay and helps prevent the development of gum disease.
Why are cleanings important?
Periodontal disease, also known as “gum disease” can lead to receding gums, tooth mobility, and tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings will lower your risk of developing gum disease. A cleaning is also a great time to address any questions or concerns you have about your teeth with your dentist and hygienist.
What happens during a cleaning?
The dental hygienist will gently clean away plaque or tartar buildup from your teeth and gums. After tartar removal is complete, the hygienist will then polish your teeth to remove the stain with polishing paste. Radiographs or X-rays may be taken at your appointment as well for routine diagnostic purposes. After your cleaning, the dentist will examine your mouth. The dentist may make additional recommendations to protect your teeth as well as update your current treatment plan.
What about fluoride?
As part of your dental cleaning, you will also be offered a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a great way to help prevent cavities and protect your teeth. Fluoride is applied by our hygienist in the form of a varnish or paste. Fluoride is a quick and easy way to help strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
We will schedule your next cleaning before you leave to ensure you are maintaining regular dental visits. However, if you have any dental concerns before your next appointment, feel free to visit us earlier than six months!