What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning Appointment?

When you come in for your routine teeth cleaning you will be seen by both your dentist and a dental hygienist. The job of your dental hygienist is to check the health of your gums and teeth, as well as to clean and polish your teeth and offer any advice for at-home dental care. Here is what to expect from your next dental visit at our dental practice.

Cleaning
The main goal of a professional dental cleaning is to remove tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gum-line. While brushing and flossing properly and regularly at home will help to reduce plaque buildup, if you happen to miss spots here and there plaque easily turns to tartar, which your at-home toothbrush just can not remove. Therefore, you need to see your dentist to have tartar properly removed from your teeth.

Polishing
After the tartar is removed from your teeth, your dental hygienist will begin polishing and cleaning your smile. We will use an abrasive paste and a rotating rubber brush to give your teeth a deep down clean.

Preventive Care
After your teeth are throughly cleaned, we may talk to you about your at-home brushing habits. We can even give you pointers and tips for how to care for your smile at home to reduce your chances of plaque and tartar buildup. If you have any questions about your oral health, now is the perfect time to ask your hygienist or dentist to have your questions or concerns addressed.

Biannual Dental Visits
You should visit your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Those who are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease or decay may require more frequent visits to the dentist to make sure their smiles remain healthy. Talk to your dentist about how often you should be coming in for your cleaning.

Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Today
If it is time to schedule your next biannual dental visit, then contact our office today at 203-612-5870.

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