Dental cleanings are a necessary routine part of dental checkups. But what exactly happens during a dental cleaning? The dental professionals at Metro Dental in Etobicoke answers this question in today’s blog.
Before the Appointment
Before your scheduled cleaning appointment, you need to do your homework. You will be asked about your family and personal dental and medical history, which is used to give your dentist a better understanding of you and your oral health. This information can be crucial in early detection of concerns such as gum disease and oral cancer. If you are unsure about your family’s health history, follow up with them before your appointment.
First Step: Physical Exam
Before the cleaning begins, a dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums using a small, angled mirror to look for signs of tooth decay or gingivitis. If no major problems are detected, the hygienist will move forward with the procedure. However, if issues are discovered the hygienist may consult your dentist before proceeding.
Step Two: Tartar and Plaque Removal
Using the small mirror and a tool known as a scaler, your hygienist will scrape around the gum lines and between teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Though we can remove plaque from our gums by brushing and flossing daily, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional.
Next Step: Cleaning Gets Gritty
Next, your hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush and a gritty toothpaste to deep clean your teeth and remove any leftover tartar or plaque. In addition to deep cleaning your teeth, the grit in the toothpaste is used to polish your teeth, reducing the chances of developing tartar build up between now and your next cleaning.
Final Step: Get Flossy
The last step in a dental cleaning is flossing. Though you may floss regularly at home, your dental hygienist is trained to floss deep between your teeth and gum lines, and detect any potential problems such as gum disease. After the flossing is complete, the hygienist will rinse your mouth to get rid of any remaining debris.
If you’re looking for the right dental clinic to perform your dental cleaning Etobicoke, look no further than Metro Dental. Our dental professionals are happy to assist you and your family in all of your dental needs. To schedule your dental cleaning appointment, contact Metro Dental today.