Do you fear to go to the dentist for regular teeth cleaning? Is it the pain that scares you off the most? To your delight, most patients claim that the discomfort that they feel during the teeth cleaning process is barely painful! It’s just the weirdness from the scraping noises and metal objects touching your teeth that usually makes you feel discomfort.
Thus, once you know what you would be going through during the cleaning process, you would be much more prepared for it and less likely to face any sort of discomfort. Thus, the following are the procedures that are followed during the teeth cleaning process:
1. A pre-cleaning check-up
- Your dental hygienist would first examine the condition of your mouth, using a small mirror.
- If there is nothing to be concerned about, he proceeds with the cleaning process.
- If he finds something suspicious, he consults with the dentist to be clear about the cleaning process.
2. The cleaning process
- The process starts with getting rid of tartar and plaque from your mouth. The hygienist would use a scraper to scrape off the tartar and plaque from both above and below the gum line. This is set to cause some weird scraping noises but is more of a mental discomfort than a physical one. The more plaque and tartar there is in your mouth, the more scraping it would require. Your hygienist may also use ultrasonic vibrations to loosen the tartar and plaque.
- Once all the plaque and tartar are possibly removed, you will get some flossing done. Every corner of your teeth will be flossed to get rid of any residual tartar that might have been left behind.
- Following this, a mildly abrasive toothpaste will be used to brush your teeth, using a high powered electric toothbrush. Your teeth will be brushed a little longer than usual, to wipe off any bacteria or residual plaque/tartar. At this point, your teeth are free from almost all of the germs that you walked in with!
- Finally, your mouth is thoroughly rinsed. At this point, your mouth will feel fresher than ever before!
- You’ve made it through. The last thing remains is a little bit of fluoride treatment. This is done as a preventive measure to ensure that no plaque or tartar can form in your teeth anytime soon. A foamy gel will be applied to your teeth and will be left to be there for a minute or two.
- Besides, your teeth will be brushed with fluoride varnish, to shine them further.
And you are set to go with a bright, white smile! Which part of the process sounded frightening to you? Teeth cleaning is a necessity and must be done at least twice a year. You must get over the fear of going to the dentist, because the more you delay, the harder the plaque and tartar will get. Furthermore, the bacterial content in your mouth could even lead to cavities and tooth decay, if not washed off for long. So, book an appointment for your teeth cleaning, now!