What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning from Hemet Dental Center: Brian Stiewel DDS, INC. in Hemet, CAHave a dental cleaning appointment coming up? Read on to learn about what to expect. Every patient may have a unique experience with their dental cleaning depending on the status of their oral health and the preferred process of the dentist or hygienist that performs the cleaning. However, there are certain steps that are to be expected during a dental cleaning.

A step-by-step guide to the dental cleaning process

It is helpful to understand how the dental cleaning process works in order to prepare for the appointment. The most common steps involved with a dental cleaning visit include an oral examination, the removal of plaque and tartar, polishing, and flossing.

Oral examination

The first thing that is likely to occur during a check-up and dental cleaning visit is an oral examination. An oral examination involves a detailed look inside the patient's mouth to look for any oral health concerns that may need to be addressed during the cleaning or with additional treatment. Depending on how long it has been since the patient's last visit, the dentist may also order dental x-rays.

Removal of plaque and tartar

The primary goal of a dental cleaning appointment is to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar on the surface of teeth and along the gum line. This is done with special dental instruments. While the patient may feel the dentist or hygienist at work while they scrape away the plaque and tartar build-up, it should not cause any notable discomfort. The removal of plaque and tartar can help reduce the risk of common oral health concerns such as gum disease and dental cavities.

Polishing

Polishing is often a part of the routine dental cleaning process and takes place after the removal of plaque and tartar through scaling. Polishing teeth essentially makes the surface of teeth smoother without damaging the enamel. This can help prevent the future accumulation of plaque and tartar and reduce the risk of oral health concerns such as cavities from developing between dental visits.

Advanced flossing

The next step in the dental cleaning process is professional flossing. This removes all food particles, plaque, and tartar that develop between teeth. Advanced flossing as a part of a dental cleaning can reduce the risk of issues such as deep gum pockets, periodontal disease, and tooth decay in hard-to-reach areas. After flossing, the dentist or hygienist can rinse the mouth.

Fluoride treatment

If the patient shows signs of weakened enamel that could possibly develop into dental cavities, then the dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. This can strengthen the bonds of dental enamel and reduce the risk of cavities developing. However, not all patients will need special fluoride treatment after a dental cleaning.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Dental Cleaning and Examinations in Hemet, CA

Schedule a dental cleaning today

If you have additional questions about what you can expect during your next dental cleaning visit or need to schedule a cleaning or check-up visit, then contact our dental practice today by phone or message. We are more than happy to answer your questions and schedule a convenient time for your visit.

Request an appointment or call Hemet Dental Center: Brian Stiewel DDS, INC. at 951-707-4366 for an appointment in our Hemet office.

Recent Posts

What Happens During Your Exam And Dental Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleaning is not something everyone is excited about. Most people find the noises, prodding, and discomfort unnecessary for dental health. That is why it is easy for them to cancel dental appointments. The dentist will clean your teeth during your dental exam. If you want to know what to expect during a dental exam…

How A Dental Cleaning Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

You should get bi-annual dental cleaning provided by a dental professional to complement your daily oral hygiene regimen. The dentist will clean your teeth using advanced instruments and techniques. Although many people believe that a dental cleaning is close to what they do at home, it is somewhat different and can help prevent oral issues…

Why You Should Have A Bi-Annual Dental Cleaning

Maybe you have put off doing your bi-annual dental cleaning and checkup due to your busy schedule. Perhaps you are afraid of going to the dentist because you have neglected your oral hygiene. Regardless of the reason, failing to keep a regular schedule of bi-annual dental cleanings and checkups has more disadvantages than you think.…

Recent Posts

Learning How To Speak And Eat With Dentures

Learning How To Speak And Eat With Dentures

If you are getting dentures, you might want to learn how to eat and speak with them.The good news is there are a few ways you can do that. It just takes some patience. Within no time, you will be speaking and eating, just like usual.It takes some time to get used to false teeth.…

Tips For Whitening Your Dentures

Tips For Whitening Your Dentures

If you want to whiten your dentures, there are several ways you can go about doing so.The right denture care can go a long way toward keeping the attachment in good condition. And some everyday household items can help you whiten them, as well. Read on to learn more about how to keep the teeth…