What Does a Dental Cleaning Include?

This is a common question that has a not-so-simple answer. A “dental cleaning” or a dental hygiene appointment, isn’t necessarily always the same for everyone. Just as each person is unique, so is the treatment plan for your unique needs. At a high risk for cavities? A fluoride treatment is a good option. No stain on your teeth? Then no need for a polish this time around.

 

That said, here are some common steps that occur during a dental hygiene appointment:

 

Assessment

The dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums to look for any signs of decay, gum disease or other oral health problems.

 

Scaling

The dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove bacteria and calculus (tartar) from your teeth – especially in the hard-to-reach areas. This step is important to help prevent the build up of bacteria that can cause cavities or gum disease.

 

Polishing

Your teeth may be polished to remove any surface stains and buff the tooth surface. 

 

Flossing

The dental hygienist will floss between your teeth to remove any remaining plaque, debris or polishing grit. 

 

Fluoride Treatment

The dental hygienist may apply a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.

 

Overall, a dental hygiene appointment is an important part of maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems. It is often recommended that you have a dental cleaning every six months, although your dental hygienist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs.

 

If you’re looking to book your next dental hygiene appointment, consider booking at Tooth Goals.

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