Get the Most Out of Your Dental Cleaning

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A good dental care routine consists of 3 things – brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning.

 

Routine dental cleanings are incredibly important to maintain good dental health. Dentists have the necessary tools and experience to thoroughly clean your teeth and examine your mouth. Dentists and dental hygienists are also able to offer a wealth of knowledge to help you maintain the best dental care.

 

Before you head to your routine dental appointment, prepare yourself with these 5 tips so you can get the most out of your appointment.

 

Make a Note of Any Problems

Between dental visits, keep a list of any pain or sensitivity you experience in your teeth, mouth, or jaw. If you’ve experienced any problems with your teeth or mouth, you should  share these with the dentist.

 

Before your dental cleaning, the dental hygienist will ask you about the status of your dental health and any problems you may be experiencing. This offers you an opportunity to bring up any issues you may have experienced since your last visit.

 

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Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions

If you want to know more about any part of the dental cleaning procedure, do not hesitate to ask our skilled dental hygienists.

 

A standard teeth cleaning procedure includes:

  • Removing plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth using metal tools
  • Utilizing a jet stream of water to continually wash away the debris in your mouth
  • Polishing and buffing your teeth with an anti-cavity, fluoride treatment

 

After the cleaning process, the dentist will examine your teeth and the rest of your mouth. If you’re prone to cavities, the dentist may apply a sealant to sensitive areas to protect your teeth from future decay.

 

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Tell the Dentist About Any New Medications

If you have started a new medication since your last dental appointment, notify your dentist.

 

Various medications have side effects that can impact your oral health. A common side effect of these medications is dry mouth, which leaves your mouth more susceptible to infection.

 

Many different medications reduce blood clotting, which can be dangerous in an invasive dental procedure. Therefore, in the case of dental surgery, it’s increasingly important that the dentist knows the medications you’re taking.

 

Dentists are able to treat your dental issues more accurately when they have a full picture of your overall health.

 

Ask About Proper Brushing/Flossing Techniques

It’s common knowledge that you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes during each brushing session, and you should floss once a day.

 

However, there are proper techniques that promote the most effective cleaning. Ask the dental hygienist to show you proper brushing and flossing techniques.

 

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Ask About Recommended Products

With all of the options available, choosing the best dental care products can be daunting. Fortunately, the vast array of different kinds of toothpaste enables you to choose one that’s best suited for your specific needs.

 

Ask the dental hygienist or dentist about the products they recommend using, in consideration of your specific needs.   Manual toothbrush and electric toothbrush

 

To get the most out of your routine dental cleaning, use these 5 tips. We’re here to provide you with the best dental care, including advice on dental care techniques and recommended products.

 

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. We are dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the best dental care.