What to Expect During Teeth Cleaning

Not everyone is a huge fan of teeth cleanings, thanks to the strange tools and constant prodding by the dentist during the procedure. The truth is, a dental cleaning is one of the least invasive treatments a person can get at the dentist.

Patients who understand precisely what is going on during teeth cleaning tend to enjoy the process more. Being knowledgeable about the treatments helps reduce apprehension, anxiety and stress.

The main stages of teeth cleaning

Here are the main steps of a dental cleaning:

1. An oral examination

One of the first things a dentist will do during a cleaning is to conduct a full examination of the patient's mouth. The oral professional will use a small mirror to look for signs of gum disease and other dental issues.

If the dentist notices something is wrong, the cleaning might be put on hold while the developing issue is addressed first.

2. The removal of tartar

During the appointment, the dentist uses a unique tool called a scaler to remove tartar and plaque from the patient's gum line and teeth. The patient might hear some scraping sounds, but this is a regular part of the process. The more tartar accumulation the patient has, the more time the dentist will need to spend removing tartar from the person's teeth.

Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Only a scaler can be used to remove tartar from teeth.

3. Sandpaper toothpaste cleaning

After the patient's teeth are free of tartar, the dentist will clean them using a powerful electric brush. This process is done to remove tartar that the scaler could not get off. The dentist will often add a rough-textured toothpaste to the patient's teeth. This toothpaste helps clean and polish the patient's teeth

4. Professional flossing

There is nothing compared to a flossing session performed by a dentist. They will get in between the patient's teeth and detect any areas with gum sensitivity that bleeds easily.

Getting professional flossing also helps remove any leftover debris from the toothpaste used earlier or other parts of the cleaning process.

5. Rinsing

The patient's mouth is finally rinsed with water or a fluoride-infused solution.

6. Fluoride treatment

The final stage of teeth cleaning session is a fluoride treatment. This step is done to protect teeth from decay for months at a time. Patients are often allowed to select the flavors they prefer, then the fluoride is applied to a mouth tray that the person bites down on.

The dentist might also decide to coat the patient's teeth with a fluoride varnish.

Other possible stages

Depending on what the dentist notices during a teeth cleaning, X-rays might be needed to get a better understanding of any issues that are developing. The dentist might also decide to use a dental sealant if the patient is susceptible to decay.

What are you waiting for?

Having your teeth cleaned twice a year should be a part of everyone's dental care routine. Contact one of our dentists to schedule your next session.

Call (530) 982-4077 today to reach Pier 210 Dental Group.

Recent Posts

A Complete Guide To Teeth Cleaning

You know that teeth cleaning is important, but it is likely that you do not understand the process. What do you need to do at home to keep your teeth clean? Why is it important to get a professional cleaning? Learn more about cleaning, so you can maintain a good oral hygiene routine.People need to…

Why Is A Dental Cleaning Important?

Professional dental cleaning is not simply for whitening the teeth. They have a remarkable effect on your oral and general health. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with many chronic conditions, including bone loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even oral cancer.Brushing and flossing at home is essential, but no matter how hard you try, you…

Tooth Cleaning And Polishing: Prophylaxis

Tooth cleaning and polishing is an excellent way to ensure that tooth decay does not occur. While good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure cavities or other oral health concerns do not emerge, sometimes plaque can still harden on the surface of the teeth, in which case a tooth cleaning may be needed…

How A General Dentist Advises You To Avoid Cavities

If your teeth are susceptible to tooth decay, a general dentist can give you tips on how to avoid cavities from forming. Tooth decay is one of the most common issues dentists deal with, along with gum disease. It is caused by acids in the mouth damaging the tooth enamel, leading to the formation of…

Recent Posts

What To Expect At Your Dental Implant Crown Placement

What To Expect At Your Dental Implant Crown Placement

If you have undergone dental implant surgery, dental implant crown placement is the next stage. The crown sits on the implant, and both work together to give a dental restoration that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. In this article, you will discover what happens during the placement of a dental implant crown.Dental…

How Long Do Same Day Implants Last?

How Long Do Same Day Implants Last?

Same day implants are a remarkable feat in implant dentistry, as they allow dentists to achieve dental implant restoration in a day, which used to take months to complete in the past. Also, same day implants have created an opportunity for patients who have been deemed ineligible for dental implants due to low bone density.…