Dental Cleaning Southborough MA
Many people dread going to the dentist, even for a simple dental cleaning. However, a clean mouth is a healthy mouth. The process is painless and when you’re all done, you can enjoy minty-fresh breath and a sparkly smile. Even if you brush and floss at home on a daily basis, plaque and tartar can still accumulate on your teeth and gums. If left untreated, this can lead to gingivitis and other serious oral health conditions. That’s why dentists recommend that you come in twice a year, or every six months, for a professional cleaning. Your teeth are important for eating, speaking and smiling. Keep them clean and healthy for life with regular dental cleanings. Southboro Dental Partners can help.
What to Expect
If you know what to expect, then the visit can be more comfortable. Dental cleanings are often performed by hygienists who are skilled at cleaning and examining the mouth. The first step is a physical exam. This involves the use a tiny mirror that is placed in various areas of the mouth so the hygienist can examine your teeth and gums in hard-to-reach places, such as the back of the mouth. They will look for issues such as inflamed gums or decayed teeth. If they come across such issues, they may have a dentist look at your mouth to determine if immediate action needs to be taken or if the cleaning can proceed as planned.
The hygienist will then clean your teeth. He or she will use a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. This process can take some time, depending on how well you brush your teeth. Teeth with fillings and crowns are also cleaned during this process.
Once all the debris is removed from your teeth, the hygienist will brush them with a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste. The brush and toothpaste work to scrub your teeth and make them shiny.
The next step is a professional flossing. Hygienists are experts as flossing and can ensure that all debris is removed from in between the teeth. They can help you understand where you can floss better. After the flossing, you will rinse out your mouth to remove any leftover debris.
If you have dentures or other removable appliances, they will be adjusted and cleaned during this time. Sometimes fluoride and sealants are recommended for children who are prone to cavities.
If the hygienist found any issues during the cleaning, then the dentist may follow up to see if you need to make another appointment. You may also receive information about nutrition and proper hygiene at home.
Contact Us Today
Brushing and flossing at home is not enough to remove debris from teeth and make them sparkly clean. A professional dental cleaning twice a year can remove plaque and tartar and make your smile gorgeous. Is it time for a dental cleaning? If so, schedule an appointment with Southborough Dental Partners today. Call our office today at (508) 357-8800.