What Can I Expect During a Dental Cleaning?

What Can I Expect During a Dental Cleaning?
Posted on February 12, 2018

As dentists, we know we may not be the favourite person you and your family want to go and see regularly. Even so, we’re an appointment that you can’t afford to miss!

To properly maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s recommended that you get your teeth cleaned at least every six months. Besides cleaning your teeth, having a regular dental cleaning allows your dentist to check for dental problems like decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

Even though it may seem scary, getting a dental cleaning does not have to be an appointment to fear. To help reduce the stress and anxiety that many people are experiencing when visiting the dentist, it’s best to know what to expect. Below, we outline what happens at a dental cleaning appointment at Stoney Creek Dental.

Step #1: A Physical Exam

Our dental cleanings begin with one of our experienced dental hygienists performing a physical exam of your entire mouth. With a small mirror, the hygienist will inspect your teeth and gums, looking for gum issues or other concerns. If any problems are detected, a dentist may be consulted at this point before the cleaning continues.

Step #2: Remove Plaque and Tartar

Alongside the mirror, a scaler is used to remove any plaque or tartar in-between your teeth and around your gums. A scraping sound may be heard depending on how much tartar that’s found in your mouth. This is one of the least favourite parts of the cleaning, according to many of our patients! The good news? You can prevent tartar from building up by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly (using proper techniques demonstrated by our dental team).

Step #3: Polish Your Teeth

A thorough polish using a high-powered electric brush and special toothpaste ensures that any leftover tartar is removed from your teeth. Any plaque and tartar is rinsed away using a stream of water.

Step #4: Floss Your Teeth

Everyone should floss regularly and at the dental office, it is no different. A final floss of your teeth is done to ensure there is nothing left in between your teeth.

Since your tooth surface is now clean, it will take more time for any new tartar and plaque to accumulate again before your next cleaning.

Step #5: Check in with the Dentist

After your teeth are cleaned, you will see one of our knowledgeable dentists who will review any additional findings that the dental hygienist may have found.

Our dentists will examine your teeth for decay using a metal probe and a mirror. They will check your gums, look for grinding issues, and signs of oral cancer (especially if you’re over 35 years old).

Book Your Next Dental Cleaning at Stoney Creek Dental!

At Stoney Creek Dental, we pride ourselves on providing a family-friendly practice that makes you feel comfortable when you step inside. With our variety of appointment times available – including day, evening and weekend time slots – we are sure to find a time that suits your family’s schedule. Contact us today to arrange your next dental cleaning appointment with our Stoney Creek dental clinic!

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