Dental cleanings can be a bit overwhelming at times, and a lot of people avoid them because they aren’t quite sure what to expect. If you can be considered as one of these people or if you have any questions about dental cleanings, we are happy to help you by answering your questions and teaching you more about your dental checkups! If you have additional questions that are not included in this blog, you are more than welcome to call our office and ask a member of our friendly dental team. We care about you and your smile, and we are here to help you feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair!

How far apart should I schedule my dental cleanings?
Teeth cleanings are very important; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you attend and schedule your dental cleaning appointments every six months. However, if you have any oral health problems that need more attention, like gum disease, your dentist may recommend getting a teeth cleaning every three months.

Why should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Dental cleanings are very important because they not only deep clean your teeth, but they also reduce the chances of developing periodontal (gum) disease. The type of cleaning they provide at the office is not one you can do at home, and it is one of the only treatments that can help prevent oral diseases. Dental cleanings are also important because they give your dentist the chance to prevent dental issues as well as treat any problems at the early stages of development.

Are dental cleanings painful?
No, dental cleanings are not painful. But, they do involve small tooth vibrations and some pressure. So, if you ever feel uncomfortable while the dentist or hygienist deeply cleans your smile, just let them know and they will do their best to relieve your discomfort and make you feel more comfortable. If needed, you can establish a “stop” signal before the cleaning begins. That way you will have the control and comfort you need.

What are the steps involved in a dental cleaning?
First, your dentist or hygienist will cover your chest and clothes with a bib-like cloth. Then, they will begin to clean your smile by removing the plaque from your teeth with a small metal tool or with an ultrasonic vibration device. When the plaque is removed or loosened, you will rinse your mouth with cool, refreshing water. Second, your dentist or hygienist will polish your teeth with paste. This may leave a gritty feeling in your mouth, but it won’t last long after you rinse your mouth. Third, they will then floss your smile and clean between each tooth, freeing any food particles that are stuck. Fourth, they will conclude the cleaning with a fluoride treatment, which will come in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish. This treatment will nourish and strengthen your smile.

How do I care for my smile after my appointment?
Dentists today recommend caring for your smile by brushing your teeth every morning and every night, flossing once a day, and rinsing your mouth daily. As you do so, please use fluoride toothpaste and bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash.