Dental cleanings play an important role in your oral healthcare routine. Combined with proper oral hygiene habits at home, dental cleanings help prevent decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. At SmileCOS Dentistry, we offer gentle and effective cleanings to help keep maximize your oral health.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
At your dental cleaning, our hygienists professionally clean your teeth in a way that you cannot do at home. A dental cleaning includes the removal of tartar and plaque buildup, brushing, flossing, rinsing, and sometimes a fluoride treatment.
Our hygienists will happily walk you through the steps if you feel nervous about dental cleaning. We want all patients to feel comfortable with this step, as it is an important part of a proper oral healthcare routine. Keep reading below to learn the simple steps we use to administer a proper cleaning.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
We start your cleaning, removing any tartar and plaque buildup, as they can lead to serious dental health issues if left untouched. Removing the tartar and plaque before we brush your teeth allows us to get into every area of your mouth effectively, giving you the greatest results from your professional cleaning.
Using a mirror to see all angles of your mouth, our hygienists remove the plaque on your teeth and at the gumline. We use a tool called a ‘scraper,’ but do not let the name scare you. The process is non-invasive, and it helps enhance the health of your mouth. Removing the tartar and plaque as soon as possible can help prevent the need for more invasive dental procedures.
Brushing Your Teeth
After removing the plaque and tartar, we use a high-powered electric toothbrush with professional-grade toothpaste to brush your teeth. The toothbrush gives your teeth a deep clean, one that your regular toothbrush (even an electric toothbrush) could not do. The slightly abrasive toothpaste we use helps bring back shine and smoothness to your teeth.
Flossing Your Teeth
After brushing your teeth, our hygienists will start flossing. We will pay close attention to any areas of concern (where you bleed). We will also thorough floss in between every tooth, ensuring a clean, smooth, germfree mouth.
Rinsing Your Mouth
After we complete the cleaning, we will ask you to rinse out your mouth. This helps eliminate any remaining particles that we removed while scraping, brushing, and flossing your teeth. Eliminating any remaining particles leaves you with a fresh-smelling, germ-free mouth.
We may offer you a fluoride treatment at the end of your cleaning (even adults). Fluoride helps prevent against future tooth decay by strengthening the tooth’s enamel. The fluoride treatment takes a few minutes and provides lasting results for the next few months until you come back for your next semi-annual cleaning.
At SmileCOS Dentistry, we offer gentle cleanings for patients of all ages. Call us today at (719) 394-3304 to make your appointment or to ask us any questions you have about dental cleanings. We look forward to helping you enhance your oral health.