If you know the answer to this and have your teeth professionally cleaned at your dentist’s office every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association, then great. Otherwise, you really need to see your dentist for teeth cleaning as soon as possible.
Here at Summerville Dentistry, Dr. Scott Wingard, Dr. Caleb Morris, and our team believe that knowing what to expect during dental procedures, including teeth cleanings in our Augusta, GA, or Evans, GA, dentist office (also open on Friday) will help promote a more stress-free and comfortable experience. Note that exact cleaning procedures may differ from one dental office to another but most dental professionals observe similar steps.
Examination of The Teeth and Gums
Before the cleaning process begins, your dentist or dental hygienist utilizes a tiny mirror to see inside your mouth for possible signs of issues like the buildup of plaque or tartar, inflamed gums, or dark spots on your teeth, which may indicate decay. If more serious problems like gum disease or cavities are found, you’ll undergo a more thorough inspection.
Scaling of The Teeth
Any tartar or plaque buildup will be removed with a scaler. Depending on the amount of buildup present, either an ultrasonic or manual scaler will be used. An ultrasonic scaler utilizes water and gentle vibrations for removing big deposits, while a manual scaler is a small hooked device used for removing small deposits.
Polishing and Flossing of The Teeth
Tooth polishing is performed with an electric device with an attached rubber cup and a prophylaxis paste, which is a type of gritty toothpaste, to get rid of stains. You’ll feel a slow, gentle grinding motion on your teeth. After, your teeth will be flossed to get rid of the remaining paste and plaque.
If your dentist deems that you require fluoride treatment, fluoride gel will be applied to your teeth via a mouthpiece that you’ll need to wear for a minute.
Although professional teeth cleaning could feel uncomfortable and invasive to some people, remember that common dental problem like decay or gum disease could be much more uncomfortable or painful and need more extensive dental treatments. Proper oral hygiene habits also help prevent tartar and plaque accumulation.
But getting professional teeth cleanings done in our Augusta, GA, or Evans, GA, dentist office (also open on Friday) twice-yearly is critical for the total removal of any decay-causing buildup.
Reach Out to Us To Learn More About Professional Teeth Cleanings
Get in touch with Dr. Scott Wingard or Dr. Caleb Morris here at Summerville Dentistry in our Augusta, GA, or Evans, GA, dentist office (also open on Friday) by calling Augusta office at (706) 738-4723 or our Evans office at (706) 250-2998.