The feeling of being prodded, strange noises made, and pain in the jaw are some of the reasons patients dread tooth cleanings. But, for most people, it's a painless and easy procedure.
How Is Teeth Cleaning Done?
An initial physical exam is done where a dental hygienist performs a rudimentary tooth cleaning. They begin by physically examining your whole mouth before starting the cleaning process. The hygienists check your teeth and gums with a small mirror to detect gingivitis, inflamed gums, or other potential problems. If any issues are detected, they will ask you to consult with your dentist.
Debriding Stains on Teeth (Plaque and Tartar)
When the dental hygienist uses a scaler to remove tartar and plaque from your gum line and between your teeth, you will hear a scraping sound. The more tartar you have, the more time it will take to scrape.
When you brush and floss more often, plaque does not build and harden into tartar. Once you develop tartar, your dentist will be the only one who would be able to remove it. So it is important to brush and floss regularly to avoid staining.
Flossing is Crucial
The best way to floss is with a professional. Dental hygienists can reach deep between your teeth and locate any potential bleeding areas. While it might seem redundant if you floss at home, professional flossing removes any toothpaste or plaque left over after your teeth have been cleaned.
Oral Treatment With Fluoride
During the cleaning process, your teeth will be treated with fluoride. This treatment prevents cavities for several months by protecting your teeth.
You will then be given a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth that will place foamy gel on your teeth for one minute. You may also get to select the flavor for the fluoride solution you prefer. Fluoride varnish is applied with a small brush after the foamy gel has been applied to the teeth, and it will harden when it comes into contact with saliva. You can then eat and drink as soon as it has hardened.
In general, it is recommended to have your teeth cleaned twice a year and have an X-ray taken once a year. However, depending on what your dentist observes in your mouth, you might need to go through other tests during this appointment. A dentist can recommend molar sealants for children to prevent cavities in areas that are difficult to reach while brushing.
Get advanced teeth cleaning procedures from Tod Anderson DDS, Los Gatos, CA. For more details and appointments, call us at (408) 540-7813, book online, or visit us at 14475 S Bascom Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032.