Professional teeth cleaning at Bellevue Family Dentistry
makes your teeth look and feel their best when performed
as part of a routine dental exam. These twice-yearly
cleanings actually become something you look forward to
when visiting Bellevue Family Dentistry. Learn more about
this simple, painless procedure here so you can look forward
to its effects. By knowing what to expect as part of teeth
cleaning, you experience less stress when you hear sounds
from the tools being used. You also walk away appreciating
the minty freshness of professionally cleaned teeth.
Preparation for your teeth cleaning
No one wants to have to visit the dentist. However,
through routine teeth cleaning and dental exams
your cleaning appointment will cause no pain or
discomfort. Instead, you can focus on how great
your teeth look and feel after seeing the dentist.
The first step toward your routine teeth cleaning is
a physical exam. Your dentist checks the health of
all parts of your mouth, including your teeth and gums.
He or she looks for signs of decay, damage, or disease.
Disease to watch for includes gum disease, cavities, or
other oral health conditions.
Removing Plaque, Bacteria, and Tartar
Bacteria builds up on your teeth around the clock. Brushing your teeth regularly, such as after meals and as part of your twice-daily oral hygiene, helps remove this bacteria. Plaque is a sticky film on your teeth in which bacteria thrive, causing tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
Plaque left on your teeth hardens into a calcified deposit at your gum line called calculus or tartar. Once plaque hardens into tartar, you need your dental hygienist’s help for its removal. The hygienist uses a scaler and mirror to scrape tartar away from your gum line and between your teeth. You hear this process and can relax in knowing it improves the look, feel, and health of your teeth and gums.
Of course, if you do not want the hygienist to spend a lot of time scaling your teeth, simply brush and floss your teeth better each day.
Cleaning and Polishing
Cleaning and polishing your teeth follow the scaling process. Your hygienist uses a high-powered electric toothbrush for this part of your teeth cleaning. You hear the sound of the electric toothbrush. However, if you understand the grinding noise is simply cleaning and not hurting your teeth, you can relax and enjoy the process.
Using a gritty toothpaste, your hygienist deeply cleans your teeth and removes tartar left behind from the scaling. The grit cleans and polishes, leaving your teeth feeling cleaner than any home tooth brushing. Your hygienist attends a specialized training program just to learn how to polish your teeth without damaging the enamel, so you cannot do this at home. But you can certainly look forward to the process, as part of your routine dental checkups.
Flossing between Teeth
Flossing between your teeth is the next step after cleaning and polishing. During this process, your hygienist finds problem areas where your gums bleed when touched by the floss. They can guide you in taking better care of those areas. After flossing, you rinse your mouth and receive fluoride treatment, if necessary.
But X-rays show dental providers a lot. X-rays help them see the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw placement and facial bone composition. They also help them find and treat dental problems early in their development.
X-rays can help find problems that cannot be seen with an oral exam. Finding and treating problems early in their development may save you money, avoid discomfort (if these problems are treated at a later time) and possibly even save your life.
You have heard that fluoride helps you fight cavities. However, did you know that professionally applied fluoride treatments in your dentist’s office helps repair early stages of tooth decay? Even before you or your dentist see signs of problems, fluoride works to reverse the damage and restore optimal oral health. When you visit Bellevue Family Dentistry, talk to your dentist about fluoride for yourself and your children.
Fluoride treatments are applied in the dental office, this helpful nutrient is applied directly onto your teeth. It’s a vital part of dental services. Your tooth enamel absorbs the fluoride. Inside your tooth, it repairs your enamel by restoring lost calcium and phosphorous, the two minerals that harden your teeth and protect them.
When you brush your teeth and use fluoride products like toothpaste, you receive more fluoride onto the surface of your teeth. This also helps rebuild your tooth enamel and protect your teeth from decay. Together, fluoride treatments in TX in the dentist’s office and your home oral hygiene work to keep your teeth strong and healthy, resilient against decay.
Teeth Cleanings You Can Enjoy
When you know what happens as part of routine teeth cleaning you can enjoy the process and even look forward to how great they make your teeth look and feel.