Dental cleaning is one of the most performed procedures here at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Cleaning is an essential part of your periodic dental checkup. A lot of people tend to imagine dental cleanings is a dreadful procedure. You’ve probably heard stories about strange noises, prodding, jaw discomfort during the procedure. It is not anywhere as awful as you’ve been made to imagine. The procedure is often painless and simple.
We make an effort to ensure our clients understand the procedures we are carrying out on them. Our dentists will carefully take you through the procedure they intend to carry out on you before they proceed. The steps below are what you can expect during a dental cleanings procedure.
Our dental hygienists have to carefully evaluate your mouth before commencing the actual cleaning process. A physical exam is essential to determine how much cleaning has to be done. It is also done to determine whether there are any underlying dental conditions might need attention first before the dentist goes on with the cleaning.
Our dental hygienists will use intraoral cameras, mirrors, and their hands and eyes to conduct the physical exam. They are usually checking for signs of gingivitis, and other dental hygiene-related issues. If you have some dental conditions that require immediate attention, the hygienist will refer you to one of our dentists.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Ordinary brushing and flossing are never enough to prevent the build-up of plaque of the enamel. If it has been long since you underwent a dental cleaning procedure, the plaque has most likely turned into tartar. The first step of the dental cleanings procedure is to get rid of the plaque or tartar that is on the teeth.
A pointed device known as a scaler is used to remove the plaque and tartar. It vibrates makes some scrapping sound that you will most likely find annoying and uncomfortable, but it is nothing unbearable. The time taken to scrape off all the tartar is usually dependent on the amount of tartar that has accumulated on your teeth.
Polishing and Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning
After all the tartar has been removed, our dentists will use a high-powered electric brush and a gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth. The toothpaste tastes just like any other toothpaste, but its gritty nature helps to thoroughly clean and polish the teeth. It is important that your teeth are polished professionally at least twice in a year. Such polishing should not be done regularly as it will wear down tooth enamel.
Your dentist or hygienist will also conduct expert flossing after the polishing procedure. Regardless of how well you floss back at home, nothing can beat the expert flossing you get at our dental clinics. It is the last step of ensuring no plaque or tartar is left on your teeth. The final step is rising your mouth. You’ll get a rinse liquid that contains fluoride. The liquid gets rid of any debris that might be in your mouth.
Get in touch with us by calling Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (281) 550-9054. You can ask any questions related to dental health that you may have. Our team of accomplished dental practitioners is always ready and glad to respond to any such questions.