What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

what to expect during a dental cleaning

It’s always best to know what to expect before you undergo any dental or other medical procedure. This will allow you to communicate any questions or concerns that you may have. Any anxiety about the procedure may also be lessened once you know what to expect. For this reason, the experts at ThoroughDent Smiles have shared the following guide on what to expect during dental cleanings.

A Preliminary Inspection

A dental hygienist or even Dr. Kristina Neda will perform an examination of your teeth and gums. This inspection may involve the use of a mirror or an intraoral camera so that the dentist can have a good look at all your teeth and gums. Any signs of an anomaly, such as dark spots (possible cavities) and inflamed gums (an indicator of gingivitis) will be noted.

If this initial inspection is done by a hygienist, then he or she will draw the attention of your local Georgetown dentists, Dr. Jordan Smith or Dr. Kristina Neda to the issues of concern. The hygienist or dentist will also ask you if you have any concerns about your dental health before the actual dental cleaning begins.

Taking Digital X-Rays

The second step that is taken when you visit ThoroughDent Smiles for dental cleanings is the taking of digital x-ray images. This step helps the dentist to detect any dental issues that are not easy to identify during the visual inspection.

Bone loss, cysts, and tumors, gum disease, shifted teeth and other oral abnormalities can be discovered when the oral x-ray images are examined. Dental x-rays are especially valuable if you are visiting ThoroughDent Smiles for the first time. Dr. Kristina Neda and her team will be able to assess your dental health quickly before moving on with cleaning your teeth.

We asked our friend, Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist in Greeley, CO, about dental x-rays. Dr. Dhoon says, “Thanks to dental technology today, there is less radiation in dental x-rays.” ThoroughDent Smiles uses the latest digital x-ray equipment which hardly gives off any radiation. Dr. Taher Dhoon and Dr. Kristina Neda want you to know that you shouldn’t have any fears that having the x-ray images taken will expose you to any risks. However, tell your dentist in Georgetown KY if you are pregnant so that this step can be skipped or extra precautions are taken.

Plaque and Tartar Removal

Next, the hygienist or dentist will use a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque refers to the bacteria which accumulates in and around your teeth and gums. When that plaque takes long without being removed, it hardens into tartar.

Normal brushing can remove plaque, but professional help is needed to remove any tartar which forms on the teeth.

The time taken to remove plaque and tartar varies depending on how much of these unwanted substances have accumulated in your mouth.

Dr. Jordan Smith, an emergency dentist in Georgetown KY, says people with gingivitis will notice some bleeding during or after the removal of plaque and tartar. Some soreness is also normal after the process.

Power Polishing

After getting rid of the plaque and tartar, the hygienist or dentist now will start the cleaning process. Dr. Kristina Neda will ask what your preferred toothpaste flavor is. Then she will place a special toothpaste having that flavor you have selected on a power toothbrush. This toothbrush will then be used to clean your teeth. The gritty toothpaste will quickly remove any residual stains or plaque/tartar particles from your teeth. After the power polishing, your teeth will be shiny and smooth.

Professional Flossing

Next, the professionals at ThoroughDent Smiles will floss your teeth in order to remove the plaque hidden between your teeth. While doing this, he or she may ask you about your brushing and flossing habits. The professional will suggest that you implement certain changes to your technique. For example, they might point out specific areas which you should pay more attention to as you brush and floss. These areas are selected based on what they observed during the previous steps of the dental cleaning process.

Fluoride Treatment 

You may also receive a fluoride treatment if the hygienist or dentist thinks that you are at an elevated risk of developing tooth decay.

The fluoride treatment entails placing a dental tray on your teeth. The tray is filled with a fluoride gel or foam which is left on your teeth for approximately a minute before the tray is removed. You can then rinse off the excess fluoride left on your teeth once the tray is removed.

The Final Inspection with Your Georgetown Dentist

The last stage of the dental cleaning process involves performing a final inspection of your teeth and other oral structures. For example, Dr, Jordan Smith may use a special instrument to measure how deep your gingival pockets (the gaps between your teeth and gums) are so they can see how healthy your gums are. Any dental restorations (dental fillings and bridges, for example) that you have will also be examined during this final inspection. The final inspection also gives you another opportunity to ask the dentist anything that you would like to know about your dental health.

If you have good oral health, you may not need to visit ThoroughDent Smiles for another 3-6 months. However, if an issue that needs attention was discovered during your visit, then you may leave with another scheduled appointment. Don’t hesitate to contact ThoroughDent Smiles if you develop a dental anomaly in-between your scheduled visits. The professional team at ThoroughDent Smiles will give you the personalized attention which you deserve in order to keep your oral health at its best.