What Does a Dental Cleaning Entail?

It is recommended that you get your teeth cleaned twice a year. However, you are likely unaware of what takes place during your scheduled dental cleaning visit. Here is a breakdown of everything that should occur during your next dental checkup appointment.

Common Dental Cleaning Steps

The process of cleaning your teeth includes:

  1. Physical Examination

    Before any teeth cleaning occurs, your dental hygienist will do an overall scan of the inside of your mouth. Using a small mirror, they will check around your gums to make sure they are not inflamed (gingivitis).

  2. Plaque and Tartar Removal

    The hygienist will then use a scraping tool called a scaler to scrape off any plaque and tartar buildup on or in between your teeth. By brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly, you can avoid excess plaque and tartar growth.

  3. Toothpaste Cleaning

    Next, the hygienist will brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush and a special toothpaste with a gritty texture to help polish your teeth.

  4. Flossing

    The hygienist will then thoroughly floss your teeth to remove any remaining plaque or toothpaste stuck between your teeth.

  5. Rinsing

    You will then rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris from the dental cleaning.

  6. Fluoride Treatment

    Lastly, the hygienist will apply either a foamy gel or sticky paste onto your teeth. Known as fluoride, it will help protect your teeth from cavities for several months.

Additional Steps of a Dental Checkup

While teeth cleanings are scheduled twice a year, x-rays are done once a year to track any changes in your mouth. There could be other issues discovered during your dental checkup that may require further investigation; however,  if you get your teeth checked regularly, issues caught in the beginning stages can usually be prevented from worsening.

Thorough Dental Cleanings and Dental Checkups in Leesburg, FL

If you are looking for dental care in the Leesburg area, rely on Dr. Orobitg. For over 20 years, Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D., has treated the Leesburg community with quality dental checkups, cleanings, and restorative procedures. If you are experiencing dental sensitivity, discomfort, or pain, then trust your experienced local dentist, Dr. Orobitg, to take care of all your dental needs. Call 352-787-5919 to schedule your appointment today.