What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Whether it has been a while since your most recent trip to the dentist, or you are preparing your child for her first teeth cleaning, it is a terrific idea to gather information about the essential steps of this procedure. A dental hygienist in Middletown and Walden will take all of the steps that are necessary to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout every stage of your dental cleaning. To help you know what to expect from your upcoming trip to the dentist, here is a look at what happens during a dental cleaning. dental - cleaning

Removal of Buildup

The very first step of a typical dental cleaning is to eliminate any tartar or plaque that has built up on the surface of your teeth. Even with daily brushing, your teeth will naturally develop a layer of plaque that can only be removed by your dental hygienist. Patients with tooth sensitivities may ask for an anesthetic to be applied to the teeth and gums prior to the cleaning procedure. The anesthetic will eliminate any sensations that may occur while the hygienist cleans.

Cleaning of the Teeth

After the plaque and tartar removal process is finished, your teeth are ready to be cleaned and polished. Before the hygienist polishes your teeth, your dentist may take the time to inspect your teeth for any signs of cavities or other issues. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you might also want to inquire about any stain removal procedures that can be used to restore your tooth enamel to a sparkly and white shine.

Application of Fluoride

The final step of most dental cleanings includes an application of fluoride. Fluoride is a special material that creates a strong bond with the surface of your tooth enamel. After fluoride has been applied to your teeth, it will help to prevent cavities and decay. You may want to take note that it is typically necessary to avoid food or drink for up to half an hour after the fluoride application is finished.

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