What To Expect During Your Dental Cleaning

Whether you’re someone who could benefit from a little more transparency in the dentist’s office, or someone looking to explain to a child who isn’t sure of what to expect, it can be comforting to know exactly what will happen during a dental cleaning. Sometimes fear and anxiety brought on by dental visits can be easily assuaged through explanation. While some necessary dental procedures can be uncomfortable, a regular cleaning is almost never one of them!

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What Is The Purpose Of A Dental Cleaning?

Getting your teeth cleaned in a dentist’s office removes the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. This buildup of calculus makes your mouth highly susceptible to the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause serious harm to your teeth. You brush and floss everyday for the same reasons. So why is an in-office visit necessary? Even the most efficient brushers have difficulty reaching certain spots in their mouth or getting all of the plaque. Dentists use tools designed especially to “deep clean” your teeth.

What Kind Of Tools?

Your dentist will likely use some of the following tools:

  • Ultrasonic instrument- This is a vibrating device that knocks tartar loose while brushing and rinsing it off.

  • Fine hand tools- These smaller, metal tools are used to scrape off leftover tartar by hand.

  • Polisher- This vibrating, non-bristled is used along with a gritty paste to shine the teeth, leaving them completely smooth.

While your dentist may include other steps in their cleaning (like checking for cavities, or applying a fluoride rinse to your teeth) there’s not a lot more to it then what is listed above! No need to fear, teeth cleaning is a simple process!

Call Dr. Bosse of Greenspoint Dental today and get in there and get clean!