What To Expect at a Dental Cleaning Appointment

The dentist and hygienist team at Rocky Ridge Dental provides high-quality cleaning services to improve our patients’ oral health. We help our patients understand each step during the cleaning process. This includes an examination, fluoride treatment, and more. Here is more information on what you can generally expect at a dental cleaning appointment:

Physical Examination

A hygienist will complete a thorough physical examination to begin your dental cleaningThis includes reviewing your oral health history, as well as examining your teeth and gums for signs of infection or inflammation. The hygienist will note any discoloration or swollen nodes as they may indicate that there is an issue with your oral health. This is a good time to discuss if you have felt any oral pain or discomfort in the previous weeks leading up to your appointment. Completing a thorough evaluation will allow your dentist to understand and quickly address any oral health complications.

Buildup Removal

Over time, hardened plaque will start to accumulate on your teeth. This tartar, or dental calculus, will need to be removed by a certified dentist or hygienist. Simply brushing your teeth will not effectively remove all the buildup. Your hygienist will use special tools to gently scrape away the tartar and plaque stuck on your teeth.

Tooth Polishing

Once all the calculus and plaque are removed from your teeth, a hygienist will move on to polishing. Polishing your teeth helps them to achieve a smooth, glossy look, and will remove any residual plaque. This step is painless and quick. The hygienist will typically use a slow drill dipped in polishing paste which is then applied all over your teeth.

Gritty Toothpaste

A hygienist will brush your teeth with gritty toothpaste after the polishing process. The gritty texture helps remove any lingering buildup and smooth out rough surfaces. Depending on the dental office, they will either use a high-powered electric toothbrush or a regular toothbrush to apply this toothpaste.

Final Steps

Some of the final steps involved in your dental cleaning include thorough tooth flossing and a fluoride rinse. The fluoride rinse works to stop the development of cavities and protect against tooth decay. Your hygienist or dentist will also provide you with instructions on how to maintain your oral health in between cleaning appointments. They will show you how to brush and floss your teeth. They’ll also teach you about the foods and drinks that will slowly wear down your enamel. Understanding proper oral hygiene habits will help patients keep their teeth healthy and strong for as long as possible.

Schedule an Appointment With a Reputable Dentist 

The team at Rocky Ridge Dental offers efficient and effective dental cleaning services. Schedule regular cleaning appointments to catch small oral issues before they escalate into larger problems. During your appointment, we will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs and goals. We also offer X-rays, veneers, fillings, and more, to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with our team today.

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