Twice per year. That’s the recommended number of times most dentists recommend you have your teeth cleaned. Even those people who are diligent about brushing and flossing regularly need to have their teeth cleaned every six months. The fact is, even the best brushers and flossers can’t reach the nooks and crannies where plaque can build up. When you have your teeth cleaned professionally, the professional at your Tysons Corner dentist has the correct tools to clean even the toughest spots.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect at your next dental cleaning.
What Is Involved in a Dental Cleaning?
The sticky film that forms on your teeth is called plaque. Everyone has it and regular brushing and flossing simply can’t remove all of it. This sticky film contains a lot of gum-disease causing bacteria, so it is critical to your overall oral health that it be removed by a professional.
Your dentist or hygienist is equipped with the proper tools to gently remove plaque from your teeth and gums. He or she has a special mirror that will enable even the most difficult to see spots to be examined. Your dentist or hygienist will also use the mirror to look at your teeth closely to note any signs of other issues, such as swelling, decay, tarter, or bleeding of the gums.
After the plaque removal, most offices will use an ultrasonic instrument that vibrates. These vibrations—which are painless to patients—will loosen tarter and a mist of water will wash it away. This procedure is completely comfortable for patients.
Tooth polishing comes after all tarter has been removed from the teeth. Although the texture of the gritty solution used might be somewhat unpleasant, it comes in a variety of pleasant flavors so patients can choose their favorite. Your dentist might administer a fluoride treatment at this time.
A Pain-Free Experience
Most patients report that a dental cleaning is a painless experience that leaves their teeth smoother and brighter. If you are due for a dental cleaning, call your Vienna VA dentist today!