What Happens During A Dental Cleaning?
Professional cleanings and checkups at your local dentist are important to prevent and treat a wide variety of oral health issues. The main purpose of a dental visit is to make sure your mouth is healthy, yet so many people experience apprehension or even anxiety over visiting the dentist. Much of this worry is the result of not knowing what to expect.
At the office of Walter D. Felton, DDS, we want to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible. Continue reading to learn more about what happens during a dental cleaning. Once you have a better idea of what to expect during your next checkup, you can eliminate your fears and approach dental care without anxiety.
What to Expect During A Teeth Cleaning
At our Chester, VA practice, a typical teeth cleaning appointment takes between 30 and 60 minutes. When you come in for a checkup, we’ll have you lie down in one of our dental chairs. We will start by updating your medical history and probably ask you a few questions about your teeth.
During this time, you can talk to us about any problems or concerns you have with your oral health. Don’t hesitate to tell us if any teeth are bothering you, seem sensitive, or have been injured. While we will probably spot any problems during your examination, some problems are only felt, not seen, so it’s important to tell us what’s going on.
We will then get started with your cleaning. A typical cleaning includes:
- Tartar removal
Tartar-mineralized plaque tends to accumulate on your teeth despite regular flossing and brushing. That’s one of the many reasons a professional cleaning is so important. Tartar is a strong material that can usually only be removed ultrasonic treatments and specific hand tools used by a trained dentist or dental hygienist.
- Teeth polishing
To ensure your teeth shine with radiance and achieve the smoothness you desire, we use a gentle, slow-speed tool to polish your teeth.
- Fluoride treatments
We often use fluoride applications to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. These treatments help prevent tooth decay and are generally applied as a foam, gel, or liquid.
- Health evaluation
While cleaning and examining your mouth, we will look for signs of gum disease or gingivitis. Typically, we do this by measuring the depth of your gum pockets, make note of any spots that bleed, and use an X-ray to check for bone loss.
- Oral cancer screening
An oral cancer screening is also conducted during every checkup. At our office, we know what to look for to ensure you stay healthy.
- Treatment recommendations
Once your examination and cleaning are complete, we may talk to you about treatments that can benefit you. Everything from additional treatments to cosmetic dental procedures are at your fingertips.
Call Today to Schedule Your Next Cleaning
We like to see our patients every six months to ensure their teeth and mouth are well taken care of. To maintain proper dental care, call 804-717-2099 or contact Dr. Felton’s office online to request your next checkup and cleaning.