A dental cleaning is an outpatient procedure that prevents the buildup of plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria. It’s a quick and convenient way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, while also reducing the risk of more serious oral health issues.
Dental cleanings typically take 45 minutes or less. Once you’re finished with the appointment, there’s no downtime, so you can return to normal activities right away.
At All Smiles Dentistry, dental cleaning involves the following steps:
Before cleaning your teeth, your All Smiles Dentistry provider conducts an oral exam. During the exam, they use a small, circular mirror to assess the health of your gums, cheeks, teeth, and tongue. If your provider notices anything out of the ordinary, they might order additional tests, like a biopsy.
Oral X-rays use electronic sensors and ionizing radiation to capture photos of your jaw, tooth roots, and alveolar bone. X-rays help the team at All Smiles Dentistry diagnose potentially serious oral health problems that aren’t visible during a traditional oral exam.
Teeth cleaning involves your All Smiles Dentistry provider removing plaque from beneath your gums and the surface of your teeth. During this part of a dental cleaning, it’s normal to hear some scraping, but these sounds are nothing to worry about.
After cleaning your teeth, your provider polishes and flosses them. Polishing your teeth eliminates stains and discoloration, while flossing prevents harmful bacteria from building up beneath your gums.
Fluoride is a mineral found in many vegetables and water sources. When applied to your teeth, it strengthens the enamel, reducing the risk of cavities and decay.
There’s no special preparation required for a dental cleaning. If you want to reduce the amount of time spent in the dentist’s chair, the team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends brushing and flossing before your appointment.
Yes. The team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends scheduling a dental cleaning at least twice a year. Routine visits to the office are one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.