A teeth cleaning should be simple and painless. Knowing what goes on during the procedure can help relieve any apprehension you may feel about visiting the dental hygienist. Teeth cleanings are routine procedures that help maintain good oral hygiene and keep you from developing gum disease or tooth decay.
First, your dental hygienist performs a thorough physical exam of your teeth using a small mirror to check for gingivitis or other potential concerns. Next, they use a steel scaler to dig plaque and tartar out from your gumline and in between your teeth. At this point, you might hear a scraping sound, but that’s normal and nothing to worry about. Your dental hygienist then uses an electric brush to perform a deep clean, then a flossing and a rinse.
The last step is a fluoride treatment, in which you bite down on a foamy gel for about a minute. You get to choose the flavor, such as mint or cherry. The fluoride treatment helps you fight off cavities for months following your cleaning.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), most patients only need one visit per year for a deep, thorough cleaning. However, some high-risk patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease. If you fall into this category, you may need more frequent visits to the dentist. It’s essential to maintain a dialogue with Dr. Roisman to help you figure out how often you should schedule cleanings.
Here are a few things you can do on your own to help with preventive care and supplement visits to the dental hygienist.
Brushing - Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Talk to your dental hygienist about proper brushing techniques.
Flossing - Floss at least once a day. It can be an art form, so make sure to talk to your dental hygienist about best practices. Bleeding gums is normal when you start.
Healthy diet - Eat a varied, healthy diet that doesn’t include too much candy. Don’t smoke tobacco either.
Your regular teeth cleanings serve as a way to check in with a professional and make sure you’re doing everything you can to take the best possible care of your teeth.
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