A dental cleaning is required every six months to ensure that your oral cavity is clear of germs and bacteria. However, many people may dread having their teeth cleaned, as they think it is a painful procedure. But in reality, that’s not the case. Let’s see what a dental cleaning entails.
Before starting the procedure, the dentist does a general checkup of your oral cavity – examining your teeth and gums to see how much damage there is and exactly how much work is required. The physical exam doesn’t hurt at all and only takes around five minutes.
If there’s plaque piled up on the surface of your gums and tartar stuck in your teeth, the dentist or dental hygienist then proceeds to eliminate such substances from your oral cavity. They use the required tools to do this, which is also a painless procedure.
After the dentist or dental hygienist removes the plaque and tartar, they then cleanse your teeth by polishing them with toothpaste and an electric toothbrush. The brush may make grinding noises that sound rather scary, but it isn’t anything to be afraid of.
Flossing is an activity that should be incorporated into everyone’s dental routine. Regardless of whether you do this at home or not, a proper flossing session will occur with the dentist or dental hygienist towards the end of your cleaning appointment.
The last step during a routine dental cleaning is to rinse your mouth. You’ll leave your appointment with a cleaner mouth and fresher breath.