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What is a Dental Cleaning?

Dental Cleaning Weston MA

Dental Cleaning Weston MA | Dental cleanings are not dreadful. They are actually quite enjoyable especially when you know what to expect. Wait? You’re not familiar with the procedure? That’s okay. Many people aren’t either. So, I’ll break it down into 5 simple steps. By the end of this blog, you’ll be an expert on dental cleanings!

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1. Examination

Before the cleaning, the dental hygienist uses a small mirror to search for signs of infection, gingivitis, or other oral concerns. If all is well, the hygenist proceeds with the cleaning.

2. Plaque and Tartar Removal

Your hygienist uses the same small mirror and a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line. It is normal to hear scraping. That is just the hygenist effectively removing the tartar. You can always minimize the build up by brushing your teeth after meals and flossing daily.  Feel free to speak with the hygenist about better ways to keep your smile healthier. They have the best tips. Trust me.

3. Professional Teeth Brushing

Now that your teeth are free from build up, your hygienist uses a professional electric brush to polish your teeth. You’ll taste a gritty toothpaste. This is normal. The grittiness allows the cleaning and polishing to be more effective. And, the taste will be similar to regular toothpaste. Some patients are concerned about their enamel during this step. However, this step is actually safe to do twice a year.

4. Rinse

This step is the easiest. Once the polishing is complete, you’ll rinse away the gritty toothpaste. Some patients may need additional dental protection. So, the next step may apply.

5. Application of Fluoride Treatment

This treatment helps protect your teeth from future decay. The hygenist inserts a mouthpiece filled with the fluoride paste into your mouth. The paste is left on your teeth for a minute. Or, the hygenist could also use a varnish that is brushed on your teeth and quickly hardens with saliva.

Additional Dental Treatments

These steps are helpful but every patient is different. Some may need additional treatments to obtain a healthier smile. Learn about your oral health status today. Our team can identify potential and existing dental issues while recommend treatment solutions. Contact Weston Dental Specialist Group at (781) 894-0347. Or, visit us at 56 Colpitts Road Suite 4-6 Weston, MA 02493. We also proudly serve Wellesley MA residents.

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