What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning? Dentist Troy, MI

Has it been awhile since your last teeth cleaning? No problem. Our local dentist is always more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your upcoming appointment. A teeth cleaning will not only protect your oral health, but help you save money in the long run. Continue reading to learn what you can expect during your next dentist appointment with us.

  1. Examine Teeth and Gums

    First, a dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums with a small mirror. If it’s been awhile since your last dental checkup, the exam may reveal obvious signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If this is the case, your dental hygienist will pass this information along to your dentist so they can determine how to proceed.

  2. Remove Plaque and Tartar

    Dental hygienists use a special tool called a scaler to gently scrape away plaque on teeth. While brushing and flossing teeth at home is all well and good, you should also see your dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup, because only a dental professional will be able to remove hardened plaque (tartar) from your smile.

    A dental hygienist will also be able to remove plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line. Dental plaque buildup is one of the leading causes of cavities and gingivitis, which is why it’s important you schedule an appointment with your dentist office to remove plaque from teeth.

  3. Brush Teeth with Gritty Toothpaste

    The toothpaste we use at our dentist office is different from what you use at home. We use gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth so you can smile with confidence. We have a variety of flavored toothpastes for you to choose from, which include vanilla and mint. 

    The dental hygienist will use a high-powered toothbrush to clean your teeth, so don’t be alarmed by the loud whirring sound. If you have dental anxiety, it’s important to remember that a dental cleaning should never hurt. However, if you do experience pain, it’s important to let the dentist know immediately because this may indicate another dental problem.

  4. Floss Between Teeth

    One of the last steps of your dental cleaning is for the hygienist to floss between teeth. This is an important step because it removes plaque hiding in between teeth so you can maintain good oral health. While flossing, your dental hygienist will also be able to spot areas where your gum bleeds. 

    Bleeding gums is just one of many signs you could have gum disease. It’s important to schedule dentist appointments twice a year so you can catch oral health issues as soon as possible. While early gum disease (gingivitis) is reversible, the same can’t be said of periodontal disease (advanced gum disease).

  5. Rinse Mouth

    Your dental hygienist will spray some water in your mouth and tell you to swish. Rinsing your mouth is one of the final steps because it removes residual toothpaste, plaque, and other debris. While it’s not common, some people experience dry mouth after a routine teeth cleaning and rinsing your mouth can help re-stimulate saliva production.

  6. Final Checkup with Dentist

    Once you are done with your teeth cleaning, your family dentist will come in to do the final checkup. If no problems are found, you’re all set. You’ll be asked to set up your next dentist teeth cleaning in six months time. Teeth cleaning side effects include having a beautiful healthy smile. However, some patients may experience bleeding gums if there are other oral health issues going on.

Request an Appointment

Dr. Kelly M. Giera, Dr. Daniel Brystowski, and their team are dedicated to helping you maintain a beautiful healthy smile by offering preventive dentistry services. To schedule an appointment with our Troy dentist, call Mosaic Dental at (248) 528-2270.

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This blog post has been updated.