Professional Teeth Cleanings
What to Expect from a Teeth Cleaning at Our Dental Office
- Consultation and Oral Examination: Your appointment will start with a quick consultation with our dentist. You will be asked about your dental history, prior dental treatments, your last teeth cleaning and any current problems you're experiencing. Our dentist will also conduct an oral exam to evaluate the current state of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of cavities and gum disease.
- Plaque and Tartar Removal: After the exam, our dentist will start the teeth cleaning process by removing plaque and tartar from your teeth.
- Cleaning: Once the large deposits of plaque and tartar have been removed, our dentist will clean your teeth of all other food particles and debris in preparation for the polishing.
- Polishing and Flossing: Next, our dentist will polish your teeth using an electric handpiece and a gritty toothpaste in a flavor of your choice. Once your teeth have been polished, our dentist will floss your teeth.
- Rinse and Fluoride Application: You'll receive a final rinse to eliminate any leftover residue from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will apply fluoride for additional protection against cavities.
- Recommendations and Followup: Once your teeth cleaning is complete, our dentist may recommend further dental treatments based on the current state of your oral health, such as a dental filling to repair a cavity.
What are Teeth Cleanings?
Teeth cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, are an essential component to good oral hygiene. Because brushing and flossing at home cannot elmiinate all bacteria, biannual cleanings from our dentist is critical to prevent cavities and gum disease and to detect complications as early as possible.
What to Do After the Cleaning?
Oral health care shouldn't end when you leave our dental office. Our dentist will provide guidance for proper at-home care so you can maintain good oral health. Here are some tips to ensure you reap the most benefits from brushing and flossing at home.
Teeth Brushing Tips
- Brush twice per day for a full 2 minutes.
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush gently using small circular motions.
- Don't brush too aggressively, as this can wear away your tooth enamel and harm your gums.
- Always brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth in a foward motion to eliminate more bacteria.
- Floss at least once per day after brushing, but twice a day is preferable.
- Use at least 18 inches of floss and hold it tightly.
- Wrap the floss around your middle fingers and use your index fingers to guide the floss between the teeth.
- Don't snap the floss down to the gums, as this can cause injury.
- Use a clean strip of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria.
For an effective mouth rinse you should select an antibacterial mouthwash that contains fluoride so that you can prevent cavities and any further problem. This will provide fresh breath and leave your mouth bacteria free. Proper rinsing of mouth is very important to make sure that all the debris after teeth cleaning has been removed.
- Choose an antibacterial, fluoridated mouthwash to eliminate bacteria and protect against cavities.
- Rinse with mouthwash after brushing and flossing to wash away any remaining food particles and debris.
- Use mouthwash after meals to maintain fresh breath and prevent plaque buildup.
- Swish the mouthwash around for at least 30 seconds.
Brushing, flossing and using a proper mouthwash can help protect you from tooth decay and gum disease, but regularly scheduled teeth cleanings are important to remove plaque and tartar buildup from areas your toothbrush and floss cannot reach.
Call us today at 972-517-6453 to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment.