Dental Cleanings Q & A
Do I need regular dental cleanings?
What happens during a dental cleaning?
If there isn’t any cause for concern, your hygienist takes a series of digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots, jawbones, and surrounding soft tissues. After taking X-rays, your hygienist begins your cleaning, using a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and dental calculus around your gums and between your teeth. You might notice some scraping noises during this process, but it’s no cause for worry.
Next, your hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste to brush and polish your teeth. The electric tool that your hygienist uses is safe for your enamel and provides a deep clean. After polishing your teeth and rinsing your mouth, your hygienist flosses your teeth. Flossing removes any plaque or food particles left from the initial cleaning process.
Lastly, your hygienist rinses your mouth and applies a fluoride treatment to your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect your tooth enamel from decay. The varnish hardens instantly, so you can eat and drink soon after.
What if dental cleanings make me anxious?
Make a dental cleaning appointment at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.