What to Expect During A Dental Cleaning Visit
We will start the examination by taking a full mouth Xray and we will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for the following potential oral issues:
- Inflamed gums
- Bone loss
- Oral abnormalities
- Tooth decay
- Tumors and cysts
- Gum disease
- Movement of teeth
Next we will clearly explain our findings and will propose an individualized treatment plan for you.
Routine Dental Cleanings Include:
- Tartar Removal – Even with regular flossing and brushing, plaque and tartar may accumulate on your teeth in hard to reach areas. Due to the strength of tartar, it can only be removed with ultrasonic treatments.
- Teeth Polishing – Your teeth will shine and return to their original smoothness.
- Fluoride Treatments – Fluoride treatments are used to reinforce the enamel of your teeth and may be applied using a gel, foam, or a liquid form.
- Periodontal Health Evaluation – At each cleaning, we will check for signs of gingivitis or gum disease by measuring the depth of your gum pockets, checking for bleeding sites and assessing bone loss through digital x-rays and/or observation. Sometimes we may prescribe an antibiotic for persistent gum infections or bacteria.
- Oral Hygiene Education – Best practices of teeth brushing and flossing will be evaluated and demonstrated.
Lastly, based on the severity of your gum problems, we will schedule a follow up appointment for you (within 3-6 months). Remember, keeping your dental health requires brushing, flossing, and mouth washes.
Dental Deep Cleaning
A dental deep cleaning is a procedure that cleans between the teeth and gums to the roots. Just like a routine dental cleaning we will clean the tooth, gum line and sides of the tooth. However in a dental deep teeth cleaning we will proceed to remove tartar buildup down below the gum line to the root of the teeth.
During your dental deep cleaning visit we will remove the bacteria, tartar, and other harmful debris that has started to gather beneath the gum line that can no longer be removed by normal flossing and brushing at home.