Keeping your teeth clean is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. There are some obvious things you can do at home to maintain a healthy mouth like brushing your teeth and flossing daily, but it is also a good idea to get a deep cleaning twice per year.
Our dental hygienists are at our office to help explain any questions you might have about your teeth cleanings. Typical teeth cleaning will start with the dental hygienist asking you a few questions about how you care for your teeth on a daily basis. This is to get an idea of what to look for once the oral examination begins and also to prepare recommendations to improve home care after the cleaning.
Next, the hygienist will floss your teeth to make sure there is nothing hiding in those hard to reach areas. Depending on how well you’ve taken care of your teeth at home, this part can be slightly uncomfortable. Gums that have not been flossed daily will tend to be more sensitive and may even bleed during your teeth cleaning.
After your teeth have been flossed, the hygienist will then begin to clean your teeth and apply fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. After your dental cleaning, the hygienist will report his or her findings in regards to how well you’ve been taking care of your teeth, and give some recommendations for how to improve your oral health.