What Happens During a Cleaning?
A cleaning typically begins with an ultrasonic instrument that knocks pieces of tartar off of your teeth. Your hygienist will also use water to rinse away the bits of tartar and keep the area at an appropriate temperature. You’re probably familiar with the whistling sound this instrument makes; it’s one of the most distinctive noises that people hear in a dental office.
During the next step, your hygienist will go over your teeth with fine hand-held instruments to look for smaller deposits of tartar that were missed by the ultrasonic instrument. Using careful pressure, your hygienist will gently remove these deposits from the surface of your teeth and beneath the gumline.
Once all the plaque and tartar have been removed, we’ll polish your teeth using a device with a small rubber head and a gritty paste. The grit from the paste polishes your teeth so that they are smooth and shiny – and feel amazing when you run your tongue over them.
Your hygienist will also discuss your home care habits with you during your appointment. As you discuss your daily dental hygiene, you will be provided with suggestions for improving your routine and your technique.
During your appointment, your hygienist will also discuss your home care habits with you and provide suggestions for improving your routine and your technique.
Is it time for your cleaning? Even if it’s been awhile, give us a call today to schedule your appointment. It’s always a good time for a fresh start.